CBS/Columbia Recording Agreement, Typed Letter Signed, 2 pp document on CBS letterhead, dated Oct. 30 1972, SIGNED in blue ink at the bottom left of pp 2 by the great jazz bassist and composer, Charles Mingus. This agreement formally terminates a contract with Columbia which Mingus had originally signed on Sept. 1, 1971.
Near the end of 1966, beset by mental instability and financial problems, Charles Mingus had withdrawn almost completely from the music world, a hiatus which was to last three years. But by the fall of 1971, things were looking up; Mingus’ extraordinary memoir, Beneath The Underdog, had finally been published, he had been awarded a prestigious Guggenheim fellowship, and his signing with Columbia in September was viewed with optimism by Mingus and the recording company as an important step in his comeback. In reality, the agreement was to be short-lived, as evidenced by this document, but it did result in what was to his last great album, recording for which began on Sept. 23, 1971, just weeks after his signing.
Featuring an all-star big band performing some of Mingus’ seminal compositions, Let My Children Hear Music, has been hailed as “a towering achievement”, ranked with the finest of his recordings and named by the composer himself, near the end of his life, as his personal favourite.
Columbia continued their marketing efforts with a successful follow-up tribute album, Charles Mingus & Friends, recorded live, Feb 4 1972, at Avery Fisher Hall, N.Y. But by the fall of 1972, the tempestuous Mingus had fallen out with Columbia and after signing this release document, returned to Atlantic Records where he had made some of his most significant recordings in the 50’s, and with whom he would remain until his death in 1979.
TLS, 2 pp, near fine, usual punch holes and staple perforations to top edge, horizontal mail folds, touch of soiling to recto; the original autograph is fine without loss or fading, also signed by a CBS recording executive at lower right of pp 2.
A significant jazz collectible, with the scarce and much sought after original autograph of a jazz icon. COA from James Spence accompanies the piece. J1754