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180 Proof Records share “Peggy's Blue Skylight” from long lost Charles Mingus tapes

The previously unheard concert recording from 1973 will be released this winter

This November, BBE Music and 180 Proof Records will release a collection of long lost Charles Mingus recordings. Unheard for over 40 years, the tapes capture the bassist, composer and bandleader performing live during a weeklong residency at Strata Concert Gallery, Detroit in 1973.

The musicians featured on the recording are Roy Brooks, Joe Gardner, Don Pullen and John Stubblefield. It was Brooks’s wife Hermine who had the recordings in her possession. Hermine informed Barbara Cox at Strata Records of the discovery, and Cox in turn involved 180 Proof Records founder Amir Abdullah. Jazz In Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery/46 Seldon is released on 2 November.

Listen to “Peggy's Blue Skylight” below.