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I have this CD (listening to it now), and I agree with the review. What's useful is that it points me in the direction of the "Great Concert" CD. The Cornell show is quite good, "Fables" and "Jitterbug Waltz" are my two favorites. The main knock on the sound is Johnny Coles' trumpet wasn't picked up by the microphones very well. He sounds much more distant than the saxes.
I sensed that distance you're talking about more on the 2nd disc than the first, especially on "When Irish Eyes are Smiling," where I would have liked the trumpet sound to be more forward. But Coles was a player given to understatement, more so than the extroverted players who followed him (Jimmy Owens, Hobart Dotson, John Faddis) in Mingus groups. It's somewhat surprising Mingus would go to him, because he's not going to get fired up even at Mingus' "encouragement." I met and talked to him in the '70s when he was with Ellington. Clearly an individualist not about to go out of his way to "prove himself" to anyone. Reviewing this, I kept doing A-B comparisons between the two dates--kind of tough when they're 30-minute tracks. But "Goodbye Eric" really captures the difference. The high-energy, hard-driving version on the "Great Concert" makes the version on "At Cornell" seem tame by comparison. But thanks for the tip on "Jitterbug Waltz," which I confess I didn't listen to very closely. (I'm going to do that right now!)<P>[Later}: Good call on Dolphy's flute on "Jitterbug Waltz," a helluva performance and, regrettably, one of his last. Still, I find nothing on the Cornell date to compare with Jordan's solo on "Fables of Faubus" or the Jordan-Dolphy exchanges on "So Long, Eric" from the Paris concert a month after the Cornell one. The Parisian crowd was an especially hip, appreciative and receptive audience (with Mingus' booking agent in attendance), and the 5-man "sextet" puts out 150%. Much as I love Johnny Coles, his presence on the Cornell session lengthens the performances, takes some playing time away from the other principals, and diffuses the intensity.
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