“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
Includes performances by Roy Eldridge, Jimmy Knepper, Eric Dolphy, Tommy Flanagan, Charles Mingus, Jo Jones, Booker Little, Benny Bailey, Kenny Dorham and more.
This is another in Pure Pleasure’s Candid Series, featuring reissues from an incredible label that met its demise some 40 years ago. The American Candid label has achieved a near legendary status among the critics and the International jazz and blues public. The series was born in 1960 when Archie Bleyer, owner of the Cadence label decided to indulge his love of jazz and blues and create his own line – called Candid. Archie approached Nat Hentoff – a likeable and knowledgeable critic, author and journalist active in New York at the time. Hentoff accepted the challenge of producing the albums and history was made. However, the label went out of business in 1961 and remained that way for a quarter of a century. Then Alan Bates acquired the masters and renamed his Black Lion Productions company Candid. Bates made the Candid titles available again on CD. These Candid titles were very well recorded and the performances generally are stunning. Great sound and music.
“…The sound has that live excitement. When Lincoln sings, she’s not hyped upfront; she seems a part of the band, and her voice breathes through the ensemble. Pure Pleasure is a new label (distributed in the U.S. by Analogue Productions), and this is a splendid reissue.” – Fred Kaplan, The Absolute Sound, December 2005 (included in Kaplan’s “Best-Sounding Jazz LPs”
2. Cliff Walk
2. ‘Tain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do
3. Me and You