A competent vibraphonist, Mr Charles had a fruitfull and innovative musical career, although overlooked.
If not ranking amongst the top players, his flexibility led him, during the 50's, to record as a sideman with Miles, Mingus, Pettiford, or Slim Gaillard.
Then busy doing his own stuff, including a good dozen records for Prestige, he eventually became a producer, before completely retiring from music for some silly "I'm off to the Caribbean" reason, where he happily lived until a late come-back to NYC in the 80's.
A very interesting personnality, highly contrasting with the traditionnal hard-bop myths-and-misery clichés, jazz fans should definitely take a closer hear to their Mingus to catch him, or even try his very own Evolution (Prestige).
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