Watch: DJ Amir tells the story of our lost Charles Mingus album.


DJ Amir talks about his discovery of a lost Charles Mingus recording, painstakingly remastered and released on BBE, in this new video. He tells the story of that fateful night at the Strata Gallery in Detroit, how the tapes were found, and describes working alongside mastering engineer Alex Abrash to breathe new life into the recordings.

Transmitted live by producer and broadcaster Robert “Bud” Spangler for WDET-FM radio, these rare recordings from reels discovered by DJ Amir Abdullah capture Mingus during his week-long residency at the intimate Strata Concert Gallery in Detroit, 1973. This hard-swinging set features the earliest known recording of “Noddin’ Ya Head Blues”, and a rare inclusion of “Dizzy Profile” — a beautiful waltz never officially recorded by Mingus for studio release.

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