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Charles Mingus: Pre-Bird Test Pressing

Charles Mingus

The conceit of Charles Mingus’ 1961’s Pre-Bird is that all the music was composed before Mingus first heard the music of Charlie Parker. The music is scored for various-sized ensembles and features many prominent soloists, including Eric Dolphy, Clark Terry, Booker Ervin and many others.


Side A
1. Take the A Train 
2. Prayer For Passive Resistance 
3. Eclipse 
4. Mingus Fingus No. 2 
5. Weird Nightmare 

Side B
1. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me 
2. Bemoanable Lady 
3. Half-Mast Inhibition