Charles Mingus gained a reputation as something of a bass prodigy,
at an early age.
He toured with Louis Armstrong in 1943, then played with Lionel Hampton’s band in the late 1940s.
When he started his own band, he supported dozens of musicians
in building impressive careers, such as Dannie Richmond (drums),
Don Pullen (piano), George Adams (tenor sax), and Hamiet Bluiett (baritone sax), who play with Mingus in this performance, "Flowers For A Lady" (1974) July 28, 1974, at the Umbria Jazz Festival, in Todi, Italy.
- Lester Perkins
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