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Charles Mingus

Irascible, demanding, bullying, and probably a genius, Charles Mingus cut himself a uniquely iconoclastic path through jazz in the middle of the 20th century, creating a legacy that became universally lauded only after he was no longer around to bug people. As a bassist, he knew few peers, blessed with a powerful tone and pulsating sense of rhythm, capable of elevating the instrument into the front line of a band. But had he been just a string player, few would know his name today. Rather, he was the greatest bass-playing leader/composer jazz has ever known, one who always kept his ears and fingers on the pulse, spirit, spontaneity, and ferocious expressive power of jazz.

Intensely ambitious yet often earthy in expression, simultaneously radical and deeply traditional, Mingus' music took elements from everything he had experienced -- from gospel and blues through New Orleans jazz, swing, bop, Latin music, modern classical music, even the jazz avant-garde. His touchstone was Duke Ellington, but Mingus took the sonic blend and harmonies of Ellingtonia much further, throwing in abrasive dissonances and abrupt changes in meter and tempo, introducing tremendously exhilarating accelerations that generated a momentum of their own. While his early works were written out in a classical fashion, by the mid-'50s, he had worked out a new way of getting his unconventional visions across, dictating the parts to his musicians while allowing plenty of room for the players' own musical personalities and ideas. He was also a formidable pianist, fully capable of taking that role in a group -- which he did in his 1961-62 bands, hiring another bassist to fill in for him.

Along the way, Mingus made a lot of enemies, causing sometimes violent confrontations on and off the bandstand. A big man physically, he used his bulk as a weapon of intimidation, and he was not above halting concerts to chew out inattentive audiences or errant sidemen, even cashiering a musician now and then on the spot. At one of his concerts in Philadelphia -- and a memorial to a dead colleague at that -- he broke up the show by slamming the piano lid down, nearly smashing his pianist's hands, and then punched trombonist Jimmy Knepper in the mouth. For a savage physical portrait of the emotions that seethed within him, check out the photo on the cover of Duke Ellington's Money Jungle; Mingus looks as if he is about to kill someone. But he could also be a gentle giant as his moods permitted, and that quality can be felt in some of his music.

Mingus felt the lash of racial prejudice very intensely -- which, combined with the frustrations of making it in the music business on his own terms, found its outlet in music. Indeed, some of his bizarre titles were political in nature, such as Fables of Faubus (referring to the Arkansas governor who tried to keep Little Rock schools segregated), "Oh Lord, Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb on Me" or "Remember Rockefeller at Attica." But he could also be wildly humorous, the most notorious example being "If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats" (later shortened to "Gunslinging Bird").

Born in a Nogales Army camp, Mingus was shortly thereafter taken to the Watts district of Los Angeles, where he grew up. The first music he heard was that of the church -- the only music his stepmother allowed around the house -- but one day, despite the threat of punishment, he tuned in Duke Ellington's "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo" on his father's crystal set, his first exposure to jazz. He tried to learn the trombone at six and then the cello, but he became fed up with incompetent teachers and ended up on the double bass by the time he reached high school. His early teachers were Red Callender and an ex-New York Philharmonic bassist named Herman Rheinschagen, and he also studied composition with Lloyd Reese. A proto-third stream composition written by Mingus in 1940-41, "Half-Mast Inhibition" (recorded in 1960), reveals an extraordinary timbral imagination for a teenager.

As a bass prodigy, Mingus performed with Kid Ory in Barney Bigard's group in 1942 and went on the road with Louis Armstrong the following year. He would gravitate toward the R&B side of the road later in the '40s, working with the Lionel Hampton band in 1947-48, backing R&B and jazz performers, and leading ensembles in various idioms under the name Baron Von Mingus. He began to attract real national attention as a bassist for Red Norvo's trio with Tal Farlow in 1950-51, and after leaving that group, he moved to New York and began working with several stellar jazz performers, including Billy Taylor, Stan Getz and Art Tatum. He was the bassist in the famous 1953 Massey Hall concert in Toronto with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell and Max Roach, and he briefly joined his idol Ellington, where he had the dubious distinction of being the only man Duke ever personally fired from his band.

Around this time, Mingus tried to make himself into a rallying point for the jazz community. He founded Debut Records in partnership with his then-wife Celia and Roach in 1952, seeing to it that the label recorded a wide variety of jazz from bebop to experimental music until its demise in 1957. Among Debut's most notable releases were the Massey Hall concert, an album by Miles Davis, and several Mingus sessions that traced the development of his ideas. He also contributed composed works to the Jazz Composers' Workshop from 1953 to 1955, and later in '55, he founded his own Jazz Workshop repertory group that found him moving away from strict notation toward his looser, dictated manner of composing.

By 1956, with the release of Pithecanthropus Erectus (Atlantic), Mingus had clearly found himself as a composer and leader, creating pulsating, ever-shifting compendiums of jazz's past and present, feeling his way into the free jazz of the future. For the next decade, he would pour forth an extraordinary body of work for several labels, including key albums like The Clown, New Tijuana Moods, Mingus Ah Um, Blues and Roots and Oh Yeah; standards like "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," "Better Git It in Your Soul," "Haitian Fight Song" and "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting," and extended works like Meditations on Integration and Epitaph. Through ensembles ranging in size from a quartet to an 11-piece big band, a procession of noted sidemen like Eric Dolphy, Jackie McLean, J.R. Monterose, Jimmy Knepper, Roland Kirk, Booker Ervin, and John Handy would pass, with Mingus' commanding bass and volatile personality pushing his musicians further than some of them might have liked to go. The groups with the great Dolphy (heard live on Mingus at Antibes) in the early '60s might have been his most dynamic, and The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (1963), an extended ballet for big band that captures the anguished/joyful split Mingus personality in full, passionately wild cry -- may be his masterpiece.

However, Mingus' obsessive efforts to free himself from the economic hazards and larceny of the music business nearly undermined his sanity in the 1960s (indeed, some of the liner notes for The Black Saint album were written by his psychologist, Dr. Edmund Pollock). He tried to compete with the Newport festivals by organizing his own Jazz Artists Guild in 1960 that purported to give musicians more control over their work, but that collapsed with the by-now-routine rancor that accompanied so many Mingus ventures. A calamitous, self-presented New York Town Hall concert in 1962; another, shorter-lived recording venture, Charles Mingus Records, in 1964-65; the failure to find a publisher for his autobiography Beneath the Underdog, and other setbacks broke his bank account and ultimately his spirit. He quit music almost entirely from 1966 until 1969, resuming performances in June 1969 only because he desperately needed money.

Financial angels in the forms of a Guggenheim Fellowship in composition, the publication of Beneath the Underdog in 1971, and the purchase of his Debut masters by Fantasy boosted Mingus' spirits, and a new stimulating Columbia album Let My Children Hear Music thrust him back into public attention. By 1974, he had formed a new young quintet, anchored by his loyal drummer Dannie Richmond and featuring Jack Walrath, Don Pullen and George Adams, and more compositions came forth, including the massive, kaleidoscopic, Colombian-based "Cumbia and Jazz Fusion" that began its life as a film score.

Respect was growing, but time, alas, was running out, for in fall 1977, Mingus was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), and by the following year, he was unable to play the bass. Though confined to a wheelchair, he nevertheless carried on, leading recording sessions, and receiving honors at a White House concert on June 18, 1978. His last project was a collaboration, Mingus with folk-rock singer Joni Mitchell, who wrote lyrics to Mingus' music and included samples of Mingus' voice on the record.

Since his death, Mingus' importance and fame increased remarkably, thanks in large part to the determined efforts of Sue Mingus, his widow. A posthumous repertory group, Mingus Dynasty, was formed almost immediately after his death, and that concept was expanded in 1991 into the exciting Mingus Big Band, which has resurrected many of Mingus' most challenging scores. Epitaph was finally reconstructed, performed and recorded in 1989 to general acclaim, and several box sets of portions of Mingus' output have been issued by Rhino/Atlantic, Mosaic and Fantasy. Beyond re-creations, the Mingus influence can be heard on Branford Marsalis' early Scenes in the City album, and especially in the big band writing of his brother Wynton. The Mingus blend of wildly colorful eclecticism solidly rooted in jazz history should serve his legacy well in a future increasingly populated by young conservatives who want to pay their respects to tradition and try something different. ~ Richard S. Ginell
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Jazz Masters: Charles Mingus

1. Back Home Blues

2. Caroline Keikki Mingus

3. Fabels of Faubus

4. Farewell Farewell

5. Just For Laughs, Pt 1

6. Just For Laughs, Pt 2

7. Peggy's Blue Skylight

8. Slop

9. The Sound of Love

10. What Is This Thing Called Love

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Track List: A Modern Symposium Of Music And Poetry (Remastered 2013)

1. Scenes In The City

2. Nouroog

3. New York Sketchbook

4. Duke's Choice

5. Slippers

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Track List: East Coasting (Remastered 2013)

1. Memories of You

2. East Coasting

3. West Coast Ghost

4. Celia

5. Conversation

6. Fifty-First Street Blues

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Track List: The Essential Charles Mingus: The Columbia Years

Disc 1

1. Better Git It in Your Soul

2. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

3. Fables of Faubus

4. Boogie Stop Shuffle

8. Strollin'

11. A Colloquial Dream

Disc 2

1. Revelations (First Movement)

2. The Shoes of the Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive A** Slippers

3. Adagio Ma Non Troppo

4. The I of Hurricane Sue

5. Ecclusiastics (Live)

6. Jumpy Monk (Live)

7. Mingus Blues (Live)

8. Peggy's Blue Skylight

9. Ballad (In Other Words, I Am Three)

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Track List: Mingus Ah Um

1. Better Git It In Your Soul

2. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

3. Boogie Stop Shuffle

4. Self-Portrait In Three Colours

5. Open Letter To Duke

6. Bird Calls

7. Fables Of Faubus

8. P**sy Cat Dues

9. Jelly Roll

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Track List: Jazzical Moods, Vol. 2 (Digitally Remastered)

1. Thrice Upon A Theme

2. Four Hands

3. The Spur Of The Moment / Echonitus

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Track List: Jazzical Moods, Vol. 1 (Digitally Remastered)

1. What Is This Thing Called Love

2. Stormy Weather

3. Minor Intrusion

4. Abstractions

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Track List: Savoy Jazz Super EP

1. Purple Heart

2. Gregarian Chant

3. Smog L.A.

4. Level Seven

5. Rose Geranium

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Track List: Charles Mingus With Orchestra

1. The Man Who Never Sleeps

2. O.P.

3. Portrait

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Track List: Jazz Greats After Dark

1. Peggy's Blue Skylight

2. Fables Of Faubus

3. Caroline Keikkie Mingus

4. Slop

5. So Long Eric

6. Farewell, Farewell

7. Just For Laughs (Part 1)

8. It Might As Well Be Spring

9. Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love

10. Just For Laughs (Part 2)

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Track List: Charles Mingus Vol. 10

1. The Spur Of The Moment / Echonitus

2. Time After Time

3. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

4. Folk Forms No. 1

5. I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me

6. Lullaby Of Birdland

7. R & R

8. Swedish Pastry

9. Untitled Blues

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Track List: Best Of/20th Century

1. Jump Monk

2. Prayer For Passive Resistance

3. Theme For Lester Young

4. Better Get Hit In Yo' Soul

5. Track C - Group Dancers (Soul Fusion) Freewoman And Oh, This Freedom's Slave Cries

6. Myself When I Am Real

7. Fables Of Faubus (Instrumental) (Live)

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Track List: Cornell 1964

Disc 1

1. Opening

2. At-Fw-You

3. Sophisticated Lady

5. Orange Was The Colour Of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk

6. Take The "A" Train

Disc 2

1. Meditations

2. So Long Eric

3. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

4. Jitterbug Waltz

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Track List: Charles Mingus In Paris (The Complete America Session)

Disc 1

1. I Left My Heart In San Francisco

2. Reincarnation Of A Lovebird

3. Peggy's Blue Skylight

4. Love Is A Dangerous Necessity

5. Bluebird

6. Pithecanthropus Erectus

Disc 2

2. Reincarnation Of A Lovebird: Second False Start

4. Reincarnation Of A Lovebird: Incomplete

5. Peggy's Blue Skylight: First False Start

6. Peggy's Blue Skylight: Second False Start

7. Peggy's Blue Skylight: Third False Start And Rehearsal

9. Blue Bird: Incomplete

10. Reprise

11. Love Is A Dangerous Necessity: First False Start

12. Love Is A Dangerous Necessity: Second False Start

13. Pithecanthropus Erectus: First Take, Incomplete

14. Pithecanthropus Erectus: Reprise

15. Pithecanthropus Erectus: Rehearsal

17. Pithecanthropus Erectus: To The End

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Track List: Mingus

1. MDM (Monk, Duke & Me)

2. Stormy Weather

3. Lock 'Em Up (Hellview Of Bellevue)

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Track List: Music Written For Monterey 1965 Not Heard...Played In Its Entirety At Ucla

Disc 1

2. Meditation On Inner Peace

5. Meditation On Inner Peace

7. Lecture To Band

8. Once Upon A Time There Was A Holding Corporation Called Old America

9. Ode To Bird And Dizzy

11. They Trespass The Land Of The Sacred Sioux

Disc 2

2. Speech

3. Once Upon A Time There Was A Holding Corporation Called Old America

6. Pause

7. Don't Be Afraid, The Clown's Afraid Too

8. Don't Let It Happen Here

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Track List: The Impulse Story

1. Track A - Solo Dancer (Stop! Look! And Listen, Sinner Jim Whitney!)

2. Track C - Group Dancers (Soul Fusion) Freewoman And Oh, This Freedom's Slave Cries

3. Myself When I Am Real

4. Body And Soul

5. Roland Kirk's Message

6. Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Silk Blue

7. Mood Indigo

8. II B.S. (Edit)

9. Theme For Lester Young

10. Better Get Hit In Yo' Soul (Album Long Version)

11. Freedom

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Track List: Charles Mingus In Paris - The Complete America Session (Crystal Version)

Disc 1

1. I Left My Heart In San Francisco

2. Reincarnation Of A Lovebird

3. Peggy's Blue Skylight

4. Love Is A Dangerous Necessity (Incomplete)

5. Blue Bird

6. Pithecanthropus Erectus

Disc 2

1. Reincarnation Of A Lovebird (Warm Up And First False Start)

2. Reincarnation Of A Lovebird (Second False Start)

3. Reincarnation Of A Lovebird (Third False Start)

4. Reincarnation Of A Lovebird (Incomplete)

5. Peggy's Blue Skylight (First False Start)

6. Peggy's Blue Skylight (Second False Start)

7. Peggy's Blue Skylight (Third False Start And Rehearsal)

8. Peggy's Blue Skylight (Alternate (Fast Version))

9. Blue Bird (Incomplete)

10. Reprise

11. Love Is A Dangerous Necessity (First False Start)

12. Love Is A Dangerous Necessity (Second False Start)

13. Pithecanthropus Erectus (First Take, Incomplete)

14. Pithecanthropus Erectus (Reprise)

15. Pithecanthropus Erectus (Rehearsal)

16. Pithecanthropus Erectus (False Start)

17. Pithecanthropus Erectus (To The End)

18. Pithecanthropus Erectus (Mingus' Explanation, Restart)

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Track List: Something Like A Bird

1. Something Like A Bird (Part 1 & 2)

2. Farewell Farewell

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Track List: Tonight At Noon

1. Tonight At Noon

2. Invisible Lady

3. Old Blues For Walt's Torin (#2)

4. Peggy's Blue Skylight

5. Passions Of A Woman Loved

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Track List: Me, Myself An Eye

1. Carolyn Kiki Mingus

2. Three Worlds Of Drums

3. Devil Woman

4. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting

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Track List: Three Or Four Shades Of Blue

1. Better Get Hit In Yo' Soul (3/9/1977)

2. Goodbye Porkpie Hat (3/9/1977)

3. Noddin Ya Head Blues

4. Three Or Four Shades Of Blue

5. Nobody Knows

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Track List: Passions Of A Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1956-1961)

1. Pithecanthropus Erectus

2. A Foggy Day

3. Love Chant

4. Profile Of Jackie

5. Laura

6. When Your Lover Has Gone

7. Just One Of Those Things

8. Blue Greens

9. The Clown

10. Passions Of A Woman Loved

11. Blue Cee

12. Tonight At Noon

13. Reincarnation Of A Lovebird

14. Haitian Fight Song

15. E's Flat Ah's Flat Too

16. My Jelly Roll Soul

17. Tensions

18. Moanin'

19. Cryin' Blues

20. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting

21. E's Flat Ah's Flat Too (Alternative Take)

22. My Jelly Roll Soul (Alternative Version)

23. Tensions (Alternative Version)

24. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting (Alternative Take)

25. Prayer For Passive Resistance (Live)

26. Better Git Hit In Your Soul (Live)

27. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting (Live)

28. Folk Forms I (Live)

29. What Love? (Live)

30. I'll Remember April (Live)

31. Devil Woman

32. Ecclusiastics

33. Old Blues For Walt's Torin

34. Peggy's Blue Skylight

35. Hog Calling Blues

36. Oh Lord Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me (Alternate Version)

37. Passions Of A Man

38. Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am

39. Invisible Lady

40. Eat That Chicken

41. Charle Mingus Interviewed By Nesuhi Ertegun

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Track List: Mingus Moves

1. Canon

2. Opus 4

3. Moves

4. Wee

5. Flowers For A Lady

6. Newcomer

7. Opus 3

8. Big Alice

9. The Call

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Track List: Timeless: Charles Mingus

1. Tea For Two

2. Eulogy For Rudy Williams

3. Purple Heart

4. Gregarian Chant

5. Getting Together

6. Body & Soul - Alternate Take 1

7. Rose Geranium

8. Level Seven

9. Transeason

10. Smog L.A.

11. O.P.

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Track List: Charles Mingus' Finest Hour

1. Jump Monk

2. Mingus Fingers (Single Version)

3. Theme For Lester Young

4. If I Love Again

5. Bemoanable Lady

6. Weird Nightmare

7. Zoo-Baba-Da-Oo-Ee

8. Old Portrait

9. Prayer For Passive Resistance

10. Consider Me

11. Freedom

12. A Sleepin' Bee

13. Track C - Group Dancers (Soul Fusion) Freewoman And Oh, This Freedom's Slave Cries

14. Better Get Hit In Yo' Soul (Album Long Version)

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Track List: The Very Best Of Charles Mingus

1. Pithecanthropus Erectus

2. Profile Of Jackie

3. Tonight At Noon

4. Haitian Fight Song

5. Reincarnation Of A Lovebird

6. Moanin'

7. Cryin' Blues

8. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting

9. Ecclusiastics

10. Passions Of A Man

11. Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am

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Track List: Tijuana Moods (2001 Expanded Edition)

Disc 1

1. Dizzy Moods (1957/62 Master Takes)

2. Ysabel's Table Dance (1957/62 Master Takes)

3. Tijuana Gift Shop (1957/62 Master Takes)

4. Los Mariachis (1957/62 Master Takes)

5. Flamingo (1957/62 Master Takes)

6. Dizzy Moods (1986 Composite (Partial) Alternative Takes)

7. Ysabel's Table Dance (1986 Composite (Partial) Alternative Takes)

8. Los Mariachis (1986 Composite (Partial) Alternative Takes)

9. Flamingo (1986 Composite (Partial) Alternative Takes)

Disc 2

1. Tijuana Gift Shop (1986 Composite (Partial) Alternative Takes)

2. A Colloquial Dream

3. Flamingo (Composite Partial Alternate Take)

4. Ysabel's Table Dance (Composite Incomplete Take)

5. Dizzy Moods (Junkyard Take 8)

6. Dizzy Moods (Bass Solos Take 14)

7. Tijuana Gift Shop (Takes 1-4)

8. Tijuana Gift Shop (Take 6)

9. Los Mariachis (Takes 1-3)

10. Los Mariachis (Takes 5-10)

11. Los Mariachis (Takes 15-23)

12. A Colloquial Dream (Take 6)

13. A Colloquial Dream (Take 8)

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Track List: Alternate Takes

1. Better Git It In Your Soul (Alternate)

2. Bird Calls (Alternate)

3. Jelly Roll (Alternate)

4. Song With Orange (Alternate)

5. Diane (Alternate)

6. New Now, Know How (Alternate)

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Track List: Charles Mingus: Jazz Icons From The Golden Era

1. Open Letter To Duke

2. Thrice Upon A Time

3. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

4. What Is This Thing Called Love

5. Mood Indigo

6. Things Ain't What They Used To Be

7. All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother

8. Fables Of Faubus

9. Song With Orange

10. Boogie Stop Shuffle

11. Bird Calls

12. Better Git It In Your Soul

13. Diane

14. Four Hands

15. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

16. Minor Intrusion

17. P**sy Cat Dues

18. Put Me In That Dungeon

19. Original Faubus Fables

20. Far Wells, Mill Valey

21. Self Portrait In Three Colors

22. The Spur Of The Moment

23. Stormy Weather

24. Strollin'

25. What Love

26. Folk Forms

27. Jelly Roll

28. Slop

29. New Now Know How

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Track List: The Complete 1959 Columbia Recordings

Disc 1

1. Better Git It In Your Soul

2. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

3. Boogie Stop Shuffle

4. Self-Portrait In Three Colors

5. Open Letter To Duke

6. Bird Calls

7. Fables Of Faubus

8. P**sy Cat Dues

9. Jelly Roll

10. Pedal Point Blues

11. GG Train

12. Girl Of My Dreams

Disc 2

10. Strollin'

Disc 3

2. Bird Calls (Alternate)

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Track List: Priceless Jazz Collection

1. Better Get Hit In Yo' Soul

2. Theme For Lester Young

3. Hora Decubitus

4. Celia

5. I X Love

6. Ii B.S.

7. Mood Indigo

8. Track A - Solo Dancer

9. Memories Of You

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Track List: Revenge!

1. Peggy's Blue Skylight

2. Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk

3. Meditations On Integration

4. Fables Of Faubus

5. So Long Eric

6. Parkeriana

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Track List: This Is Jazz 6

1. Better Git It In Your Soul

2. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

3. Fables Of Faubus

4. Self-Portrait In Three Colors

5. Slop

6. Song With Orange

7. Gunslinging Bird

8. New Now Know How

9. The Shoes Of The Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive A** Slippers

10. Please Don't Come Back From The Moon

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Track List: Cumbia & Jazz Fusion

1. Cumbia & Jazz Fusion

2. Music For "Todo Modo"

3. Wedding March/Slow Waltz (Take 9)

4. Wedding March/Slow Waltz (Take 12)

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Track List: Live At Theatre Boulogne-Billancourt Vol. 1

1. Jump Monk

2. E's Flat Ah's Flat Too

3. Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love

5. Ecclusiastics

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Track List: Epitaph (Live)

Disc 1

1. Main Score (Pt. 1) (Live)

2. Percussion Discussion (Live)

3. Main Score (Pt. 2) (Live)

4. Started Melody (Live)

5. Better Git It In Your Soul (Live)

6. The Soul (Live)

7. Moods In Mambo (Live)

8. Self Portrait / Chill Of Death (Live)

9. Oscar Pettiford (Live)

10. Please Don't Come Back From The Moon (Live)

Disc 2

1. Monk, Bunk & Vice Versa (Osmotin') (Live)

2. Peggy's Blue Skylight (Live)

3. Wolverine Blues (Live)

4. The Children's Hour Of Dream (Live)

5. Ballad (In Other Words, I Am Three) (Live)

6. Freedom (Live)

7. Interlude (The Underdog Rising) (Live)

8. Noon Night (Live)

9. Main Score (Reprise) (Live)

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Track List: Mingus In Europe (Live)

1. Orange Was The Colour Of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk (Live)

2. Sophisticated Lady (Live)

3. AT-FW-YOU (Live)

4. Peggy's Blue Skylight (Live)

5. So Long Eric (Live)

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Track List: Changes Two

1. Free Cell Block F, 'Tis Nazi U.S.A.

2. Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Silk Blue

3. Black Bats And Poles

4. Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love

5. For Harry Carney

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Track List: Changes One

1. Remember Rockefeller At Attica

2. Sue's Changes

3. Devil Blues

4. Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love

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Track List: Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert

Disc 1

1. Introduction (Live)

2. Jump Monk (Live)

3. E.S.P. (Live)

4. Ecclusiastics (Live)

5. Eclipse (Live)

6. Us Is Two (Live)

7. Taurus In The Arena Of Life (Live)

8. Mingus Blues (Live)

9. Introduction To Little Royal Suite (Live)

10. Little Royal Suite (Live)

Disc 2

1. Introduction To Strollin' (Live)

2. Strollin' (Live)

3. The I Of Hurricane Sue (Live)

4. E'S Flat, Ah'S Flat Too (Live)

5. Ool-Ya-Koo (Live)

6. Portrait (Live)

7. Don't Be Afraid, The Clown's Afraid Too (Live)

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Track List: Let My Children Hear Music

2. Adagio Ma Non Troppo

3. Don't Be Afraid, The Clown's Afraid Too

4. Taurus In The Arena Of Life

5. Hobo Ho

7. The I Of Hurricane Sue

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Track List: Mingus At Carnegie Hall

1. C Jam Blues (Live Version)

2. Perdido (Live Version)

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Track List: Right Now: Live At The Jazz Workshop

1. New Fables (Live)

2. Meditation (For A Pair Of Wire Cutters) (Live)

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Track List: Mingus At Monterey

4. Mood Indigo

5. Sophisticated Lady

7. Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk

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Track List: Charles Mingus In Europe - Volume I

1. Fables Of Faubus

2. I Can't Get Started

3. Meditations

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Track List: Mingus Plays Piano

1. Myself When I Am Real

2. I Can't Get Started

3. Body And Soul

4. Roland Kirk's Message

5. Memories Of You

6. She's Just Miss Popular Hybrid

7. Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Silk Blues

8. Meditations For Moses

9. Old Portrait

10. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

11. Compositional Theme Story: Medleys, Anthems And Folklore

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Track List: Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus

1. II B.S.

2. I X Love

3. Celia

4. Mood Indigo

5. Better Get Hit In Yo' Soul

6. Theme For Lester Young

7. Hora Decubitus

8. Freedom

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Track List: Black Saint & The Sinner Lady

1. Solo Dancer

2. Duet Solo Dancers

3. Group Dancers

4. Mode D / Mode E / Mode F

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Track List: Town Hall Concert

1. Freedom (Part 1) (Live)

2. Freedom (Part 2) (Live)

3. Osmotin' (Live)

4. Epitaph (Part 1) (Live)

5. Peggy's Blue Skylight (Live)

6. Epitaph (Part 2) (Live)

7. My Search (Live)

8. Portrait (Live)

9. Duke's Choice (Live)

10. Please Don't Come Back From The Moon (Live)

11. In A Mellow Tone (AKA Finale) (Live)

12. Epitaph (Part 1) (Live)

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Track List: Oh Yeah (Atlantic Jazz Gallery)

1. Hog Callin' Blues

2. Devil Woman

3. Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am

4. Ecclusiastics

5. Oh Lord Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me

6. Eat That Chicken

7. Passions Of A Man

8. "Old" Blues For Walt's Torin

9. Peggy's Blue Skylight

10. Invisible Lady

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Track List: New Tijuana Moods

1. Dizzy Moods

2. Ysabel's Table Dance

3. Tijuana Gift Shop

4. Los Mariachis

5. Flamingo

6. Dizzy Moods (Alternate Take)

7. Tijuana Gift Shop (Alternate Take)

8. Los Mariachis (Alternate Take)

9. Flamingo (Alternate Take)

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Track List: Tijuana Moods

1. Dizzy Moods

2. Ysabel's Table Dance

3. Tijuana Gift Shop

4. Los Mariachis (The Street Musicians)

5. Flamingo

6. A Colloquial Dream (Scenes In The City)

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Track List: Reincarnation Of A Love Bird

1. Reincarnation Of A Love Bird No. 2

2. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

3. R & R

4. Body & Soul (1960)

5. Bugs

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Track List: Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus (+ Bonus Tracks)

1. Folk Forms No.1

2. Original Faubus Fables

3. What Love

4. All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother

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Track List: Mingus At Antibes

1. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting (Live)

2. Prayer For Passive Resistance

3. What Love? (Live)

4. I'll Remember April

5. Folk Forms I

6. Better Git Hit In Your Soul

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Track List: Mingus Revisited (Bonus Track Version)

1. Take The "A" Train / Exactly Like You

2. Prayer For Passive Resistance

3. Eclipse

4. Chazz Fingers (Mingus Fingus) No. 2

5. Weird Nightmare

7. Bemoanable Lady

8. Half-Mast Inhibition

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Track List: Blues & Roots (Mono)

1. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting

2. Cryin' Blues

3. Moanin'

4. Tensions

5. My Jelly Roll Soul

6. E's Flat Ah's Flat Too

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Track List: Mysterious Blues

1. Mysterious Blues (Feat. Roy Eldridge)

2. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (Take 5)

3. Body And Soul - Take 2 (Feat. Roy Eldridge)

4. Vassarlean

5. Re-Incarnation Of A Love Bird (1st Version Take 4)

6. Me And You Blues

7. Melody From The Drums

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Track List: Mysterious Blues (2007 Release)

1. (Jubilee) Hallelujah

2. All The Things You Are

3. Ghost Of A Chance

4. Move

5. Stormy Weather

6. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart

7. Lyon's Roar

8. Merle's Mood

9. Minor Intrusion

10. This Subdues My Passion

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Track List: Pre Bird

1. Take The "A" Train

2. Prayer For Passive Resistance

3. Eclipse

4. Mingus Fingus No.2

5. Weird Nightmare

6. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me

7. Bemoanable Lady

8. Half-Mast Inhibition

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Track List: Jazz Portraits - Mingus In Wonderland

1. Nostalgia In Times Square

2. I Can't Get Started

3. No Private Income Blues

4. Alice's Wonderland

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Track List: Mingus Dynasty

1. Slop

2. Diane

3. Song With Orange

4. Gunslinging Bird

5. Things Ain't What They Used To Be

6. Far Wells, Mill Valley

7. New Now Know How

8. Mood Indigo

9. Put Me In That Dungeon

10. Strollin'

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Track List: Blues & Roots

1. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting

2. Cryin' Blues

3. Moanin'

4. Tensions

5. My Jelly Roll Soul

6. E's Flat Ah's Flat Too

7. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting (Alternate Take)

8. Tensions (Alternate Take)

9. My Jelly Roll Soul (Alternate Take)

10. E's Flat Ah's Flat Too (Alternate Take)

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Track List: AH UM (50th Anniversary Legacy Edition)

Disc 1

1. Better Git It In Your Soul

2. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

3. Boogie Stop Shuffle

4. Self-Portrait In Three Colors

5. Open Letter To Duke

6. Bird Calls

7. Fables Of Faubus

8. P**sy Cat Dues

9. Jelly Roll

10. Pedal Point Blues

11. GG Train

12. Girl Of My Dreams

13. Bird Calls (Alternate)

Disc 2

12. Strollin'

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Track List: The Clown

1. Haitian Fight Song

2. Blue Cee

3. Reincarnation of a Lovebird

4. The Clown

5. Passions of a Woman Loved

6. Tonight At Noon

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Track List: A Modern Jazz Symposium Of Music And Poetry With Charlie Mingus

1. Scenes In The City

2. Nouroog

3. New York Sketchbook

4. Duke's Choice

5. Slippers

6. Woody 'N' You

7. Bounce

8. Slippers (Alternate Take)

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Track List: East Coasting

1. Memories Of You

2. East Coasting

3. West Coast Ghost

4. Celia

5. Conversation

6. Fifty-First Street Blues

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Track List: Pithecanthropus Erectus

1. Pithecanthropus Erectus

2. A Foggy Day

3. Profile Of Jackie

4. Love Chant

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Track List: Jazz Composers Workshop

1. Purple Heart

2. Gregarian Chant

3. Eulogy For Rudy Williams

4. Tea For Two

5. Smog L.A.

6. Level Seven

7. Transeason

8. Rose Geranium

9. Getting Together

10. Body & Soul (Alternate Take 1)

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❤️❤️❤️❤️️ I got rid of pandora ads/skip limit on www.dankprom o . x y z ❤❤️❤️️❤️
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YOU ARE RIGHT KEITH! mingus amoungus is a f**king prayer in the eternity. om-on charlie m.
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Mmmmm...GOOD
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FIFTH -FIRST STREET BLUES...2-7- 1 6 13:01 Charles Mingus Radio
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probably a genius???? lauded only after he was no longer around to bug people??? had he been just a string player, few would know his name today???
THIS BIO IS NOT SUFFICIENT FOR MINGUS
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HAITIAN FIGHT SONG
Mad Flow ��❤️
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Michael Missiras
Trumpet/Corn e t / C o m p o s e r
NYC/ arctic1974@g m a i l . c o m

Unlike many bandleaders of his generation, Mingus rarely used a trumpet player, preferring the sax and trombone. Other than a few record dates with the trumpet players Ted Curson, Jonny Coles, and to a lessor extent, Jack Walrath, the corpus of Mingus' work is devoid of the trumpet.
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The M & M''s are the best, Miles, Mingus and Monk!
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poppa_bear49
Please, Please, let all by children hear this music.
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dont evet forget Monterey
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spensoid
Mingus is so deep in every way. And BTW I have NOT been making over $350 a week from home...
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Fifty years later, this music is still dangerous.
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burkify
Wow. This oozes of sex. Thanks Charles.
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poppa_bear49
THE MAN!!!
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Great piece, loving me some Mingus tonight.
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Perfect amalgam of blues, jazz and classical? Mingus' BIG personality shows thru his music always
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oskinner75
I love it all. Talk ain't cheap -- Music talks.
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Sounds wonderful!
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awesome!
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Saw him on Hollywood Blvd in the 50's playing some from his album Pithicanthro p i s Erectis (pardon spelling) what an innovator leaving nothing undone until his fingers were bleeding.
Barely knew what history was taking place that night, but had the album.
Broken mold . . how about some good biographical writing above comments.
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wonderworker s 0
Wrong bio! This is Mingus, not Mingus Dynasty. Please correct - Thanks
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merrysea5
anyone who digs Duke and Stravinsky can't be all bad!
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the only problem i have with the review is the probably in front of genius
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bumppo
most of the time tho your programmers do a sensational job. maybe an intern could tap in the band members, recording date/place, what they had for lunch .... ?
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bumppo
but we want to know who the saxophonist is on this alb
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fussle2
This isn't the first time that the bio for Charles Mingus has not been for Charles Mingus. It's shameful.
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that ain't mingus!
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peter.danfor t h
Looks like a typo....
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I don't know why the bio for Charles Mingus brings up a piece about Bill Evens....the saxophone player. Mingus was a bass player....an d black....
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Mingus was not only a fantastic basist but one of the top 3 composers in Jazz. I met him back in the 60's at the 5 Spot Cafe where he was appearing one snowy night Let's just say he was never dull. I still catch the Mingus bands (3) in NYC and they really do justice to his music. Thanks to his wife Sue, his music lives on. If you come to NYC catch one of the bands on Monday nights at the Jazz Standard. You will really enjoy.
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He was one of the greatest composers of music (of all categories) of the 20th. He was a genius. Listen to Epitaph (album)
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This bio is NOT about Mingus himself! It's interesting but doesn't match the song.
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My dad used to play on his trumpet alot, i'd ask questions now, don't say anything bad about Jazz around me, I love Brazillian Jazz now too, Dizzy is my favorite.
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my dad introduced me to mingus in my teens, now I think it's the best thing since wheat.
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Nice solo by Haden(?) on "Sound of Love"/"Live at Theatre Boulogne"
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zimnee
SAW NINGUS LAST ALBUM WHAT LUCK WHAT A RAW DYNANICPERSO N A L I T Y WHICH YHAT WAS MADE HIM SO ENJOYABLE TO WATCH LISTRN TO
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Guy was amazing, so inspiring and a fantastic musician. what's with this bio? s**tty write up.
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his bday broadcast on wkcr 89.9fm radio 4 22 2011
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Another Death metal fan says,Mingus is one of the GODS of it all..DIG IT!
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Mingus, my favoret jazz artist of the mid fofties.His unique strumming of string instrument will always be unique and difficult to imitate by other artist. artist
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My uncle George Adams played with Mingus Love His Music.
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iconoclast if there ever was one, don't believe me? ask my dog-his name is Mingus
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fussle2
I wish they would display his actual bio instead of the "Mingus Dynasty" bio for Charles Mingus.
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Love some of the comments left here - I have been in love with Charlie since I read his autobiograph y twenty years ago. I have had the pleasure of listening to his music for many years and always cherish him as one of my favorites!
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miles mingus and monk

Just wondering if they were alive to day would they be getting crunk
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Really good to listen to again. I've been out of touch with jazz
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CRAAZZZZY A** MINGUS!
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It just doesn't get any better than this. Eric dolphy with Mingus ? Even Bud Powell makes an apperance adding an exclaimation point to the session. A priceless recording holding a snapshot of time reflecting the the styles, music and attitudes of the period..I was just a few years to young to go to the clubs live and then I was soaked up by the rock music. I'd like the thank Warren Bloom who worked at the Hartford public libuary....R I
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charles mingus is who is is , u cant f**k wit a dick or u just getfuckedup ... as far as the greatest ,he and trane get a chair next 2 each other in the sky...anybod y want some ,dont get this s**t twisted , and dont 4get to 2 include monk and rashaan roland kirk, ect.,ect.,ec t . . . . and miles is pissed at u..charlie is saying wthefuck, chu berry is rollin..."no one in the history of jazz.." n**ga please
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No one in the history of jazz has utilized the range of expression that Mingus has. His color pallette was extraordinar y . He might have been a dick but I don't care. He's my soul brother!! Black Saint and the Sinner Lady is increduble but I have to say Blues and Roots is my favorite
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