Charles Mingus is the master creator of a masterwork commensurate and excessive like his personality: impulsive, composite and committed. It brings together the Afro-American tradition (blues, gospel), the colorful swing of Duke Ellington and the achievements of bebop. He flirts with Western classical writing and anticipates the revolution of free jazz. Charles Mingus remains the one whose emotion, even violent and disturbing, is certainly the most honest. His eclectic style, open and free, crosses all the great currents of jazz. Normand Guilbeault could well be the first Canadian musician to have demonstrated a deep recognition of the influence of Charles Mingus. Guilbeault has invested considerably in deciphering and decoding the beauty and mystery of Mingus’ work, to which he pays homage here with his ensemble of 6 musicians.
Jean Derome, saxophones, flutes
Ivanhoe Jolicoeur, trumpet, flugelhorns
Matthieu Bélanger, clarinet, bass-clarinet
Alexandre Grogg, piano
Claude Lavergne, drums
Normand Guilbeault, musical direction, double bass