Thursday, August 8 2013
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
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
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
This newly remastered version of the Mingus classic still sounds crazy after all these years -- crazy good!
Thursday, January 30 2014
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
If you enjoy great composition, then this is for you.
Wednesday, November 1 2006
All Mingus asked for was the impossible. More often than not, he achieved it.
Monday, September 30 2002
Saturday, December 31 1994
Mingus returns to his bass on The Clown and delivers one of his finest sets of compositions.
Friday, April 11 2014
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.