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Thursday, August 8 2013

Mingus Speaks

Charles Mingus is among jazz’s greatest composers and perhaps its most talented bass player. During his lifetime he had a lot to say about the place of jazz in music history and American culture and much more. Mingus speaks, we listen.


Wednesday, July 8 2009

Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um 50th Anniversary (Legacy Edition)

Mingus Ah Um sounds like the 20th Century: it is a self-portrait of a man who helped define the direction of post-bop jazz, commenting on the country that created him.


Sunday, July 15 2007

Part 1: Beethoven to Phil Ochs (1824-1965)

Psalm 100 instructs, "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!". What more joyful sound than the life-affirming song of protest, for that is the sound wrenched from the deepest grief and suffering, from exhausted and diseased lungs, and the voice raised in tuneful protest is among the most beautiful of human sounds. Sing out, indeed!


Tuesday, July 10 2007

Charles Mingus: Tijuana Moods

This newly remastered version of the Mingus classic still sounds crazy after all these years -- crazy good!


Reviews

Thursday, January 30 2014

Charles Mingus: The Jazz Experiments of Charlie Mingus

This set, issued originally in 1955, may not be one of Mingus's classics. It just misses that rarified air, but it's an important foundation for other, better regarded records from later in his career.


Monday, May 18 2009

Charles Mingus: Epitaph

If you enjoy great composition, then this is for you.


Wednesday, November 1 2006

Charles Mingus: Music Written for Monterey, 1965. Not Heard…Played in Its Entirety, at UCLA

All Mingus asked for was the impossible. More often than not, he achieved it.


Monday, September 30 2002

Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um


Saturday, December 31 1994

Charles Mingus; Art Blakey & Thelonious Monk; John Coltrane

Mingus returns to his bass on The Clown and delivers one of his finest sets of compositions.


Blogs

Friday, April 11 2014

Counterbalance: Charles Mingus' 'Oh Yeah'

Oh Lord, don't let them drop that atomic bomb on me. At least not until we've had a chance to talk about a 1962 masterpiece by composer Charles Mingus. Counterbalance delivers the jazz this week.


Monday, January 4 2010

Slipped Disc: Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um

Albums that missed our Top 20 Re-Issues of 2009 list, but at least one of our writers loves.


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