When I was a boy I’d hear “Take the ‘A’ Train” and dream about taking the “A” train; now I live in New York and I can actually do it. This is Charles Mingus’ mid-60s band doing the Billy Strayhorn tune, which was the signature of Duke Ellington’s band. Eric Dolphy plays with Mingus here. He takes the bass clarinet solo. What a pairing. Something amazing about watching these people standing so close to each other and making this incredible music with their bodies. Eric Dolphy died a few months after this was shot. He was 36. Shortly after, Mingus released a live album featuring this band, and it had only two tracks. One was called “So Long Eric” and the other was called “Praying With Eric”.
Always such beauty in jazz.
—Children Of The Love
Children of the Love - James Fauntleroy | String Theory Acoustic