Jazz Artists Guild : Newport Rebels : Eric Dolphy (alto sax), Walter Benton (tenor sax), Roy Eldridge, Booker Little, Benny Bailey (trumpet), Jimmy Knepper, Julian Priester (trombone), Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Dorham (piano), Charles Mingus, Peck Morrison (bass), Jo Jones, Max Roach (drums), Abbey Lincoln (vocals)
Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram
Recorded on November 1 (2, 4) and 11 (1, 3, 5), 1960, at the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island.
“The one positive accomplishment of the 1960 Newport Festival was the creation in rebellion of a musicians’ festival at Cliff Walk Manor. As the ‘official’ rites were ending because of ugly rioting in the streets several hundred people were listening in calm and pleasure to the rebels at Cliff Walk. The dissidents had been organized by Charles Mingus and Max Roach in protest against the accelerating commercialization of the annual Ben-Hur-with-a-horn production of Freebody Park. It was exhilarating for the musicians involved to realize that for once in their careers, they were capable of formulating and sustaining their own ground rules without booking agents, impressarios, and other middlemen. The rebels set up their own tents for sleeping quarters, even stitching the canvas themselves; handled advertising and promotion; alternated as announcers of the rebels; and took tickets. (Mr. Mingus roamed the grounds besides, asking for payment from freeloaders outside the fence).” – from the original 1961 liner notes by Nat Hentoff.
The “golden age” of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.
This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.