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In this 1961 release, Mingus made the decision to include music that he had composed prior to being exposed to Charlie Parker's groundbreaking style of playing. The album showcases Mingus' use of large ensembles and incorporates two unique ‘mash-ups' that combine swing-era melodies in a contrapuntal manner, with one song playing through the left channel and another through the right. Verve's Acoustic Sounds Series presents the album with transfers directly from analog tapes and offers a remastered version on high-quality 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a deluxe gatefold design.