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Alex Foster performs with Mingus Big Band at the Fort Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
Alex Foster performs with Mingus Big Band at the Fort Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival. Erik Jacobs for NPR
Decades after his death, the richly-detailed, soul-stirring oeuvre of Charles Mingus still packs a wallop. Thankfully, the beat goes on in the form of the Mingus Big Band — one of several repertory ensembles organized by widow Sue Mingus. Its latest, Grammy-winning album captures the ensemble's regular residency at the Jazz Standard in New York; this recording finds the band sparking the action on the Fort Stage of the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival.
Personnel: Kenny Rampton, trumpet; Alex Sipiagin, trumpet; Earl Gardner, trumpet; Conrad Herwig, trombone; Joe Fiedler, trombone; Earl McIntyre, trombone; Wayne Escoffery, tenor saxophone; Seamus Blake, tenor saxophone; Alex Foster, alto saxophone; Scott Robinson, alto saxophone; Lauren Sevian, baritone saxophone; Helen Sung, piano; Luques Curtis, bass; Johnathan Blake, drums.