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Mingus Ah Um

Review 1959 album remastered in 1993 with 3 bonus tracks. His first for Columbia Records.
Monk's Dream

Review Mercurial bassist and bandleader Charles Mingus was signed to Columbia Records for the briefest of time during 1959. His Columbia recordings, however, remain some of the most inspired, mood-jumping jazz in history. The flowing sadness of "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" (unedited here for the first time on CD!) rings like a funeral chorus that pitches headlong into a celebration of Lester Young's life and improvising flexibility, rather than his death. And there's the funky furnace blast of "Boogie Stop Shuffle" (also unedited!), which reaches its glory with Booker Ervin's Texas tenor sax, wrapped tight in bluesy tone. With the index of emotions captured, these songs nail why Mingus is possibly the most relevant jazzer for the '90s generation. He swings and shouts and hollers and somersaults. His tunes either induce foot-stomping with their intensity or reach for poignant yearning with their lyrical tapestry of orchestral colors. --Andrew Bartlett
Blue Train

Review No Description Available.
Genre: Jazz Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 7-NOV-1995
Saxophone Colossus [Reissue]

Review This 1963 recording occupies a special place in Mingus's work, his most brilliantly realized extended composition. The six-part suite is a broad canvas for the bassist's tumultuous passions, ranging from islands of serenity for solo guitar and piano to waves of contrapuntal conflict and accelerating rhythms that pull the listener into the musical psychodrama. It seems to mingle and transform both the heights and clichés of jazz orchestration, from Mingus's master, Duke Ellington, to film noir soundtracks. The result is a masterpiece of sounds and textures, from the astonishing vocal effects of the plunger-muted trumpets and trombone (seeming to speak messages just beyond the range of understanding) to the soaring romantic alto of Charlie Mariano. Boiling beneath it all are the teeming, congested rhythms of Mingus and drummer Dannie Richmond and the deep morass of tuba and baritone saxophone. This is one of the greatest works in jazz composition, and it's remarkable that Mingus dredged this much emotional power from a group of just 11 musicians. --Stuart Broomer
Time Out

Review CHARLES MINGUS - COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION: 1953-1957 - 4 CD SET
Moanin'

Review MINGUS CHARLES BLUES & ROOTS
Somethin' Else (RVG Edition)

Review UK-only five CD box containing a quintet of albums from the Jazz great packaged in mini LP sleeves and housed in a slipcase. Includes the albums Pithecanthropus Erectus, the Clown, Blues & Roots, Oh Yeah and Tonight at Noon. Warner. 2011.
Love Supreme

Review CHARLES MINGUS - COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION: 1957-1960 - 4 CD SET
The Shape of Jazz to Come

Review EU-only four CD set containing a total of six albums from the Jazz icon. Includes the albums a Modern Jazz Symposium, Mingus Ah Um, Mingus Dynasty, Mingus, Charles Mingus Presents and Oh Yeah. Real Gone Jazz.
Head Hunters

Review No synopsis available.
Kind Of Blue

Review The Clown introduced two of Mingus' finest compositions in the driving, determined "Haitian Fight Song" and the '40s-flavored "Reincarnation of a Lovebird," a peaceful but melancholy tribute to Charlie Parker; Mingus would return to both throughout his career. [Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand]
The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady

Review The Mingus aggregate that recorded this set lived by the perforations that saxophonist Shafi Hadi sent toward Jimmy Knepper's slippery trombone. If the arrangements for the horns sound Ellingtonian, they're scripted to do so. Mingus played temperately but importantly off the Duke's model for sectional playing here. And Mingus's bass was as wild as ever, especially on the intro to "Haitian Fight Song," which goes at a slow churn here. Hadi and Knepper sound more mainstream than, say, some of Mingus's other brass-reeds combos, but Wade Legge's strange piano voicings created a stormy harmonic frame for the band to thrive in. The title tune may be Mingus's most oddball early composition, with Jean Shepherd narrating a fictional tale of a performing clown as the band mimics and comments on the spoken word. --Andrew Bartlett
Mingus Ah Um

Review 1959 album remastered in 1993 with 3 bonus tracks. His first for Columbia Records.
Love Supreme

Review Mercurial bassist and bandleader Charles Mingus was signed to Columbia Records for the briefest of time during 1959. His Columbia recordings, however, remain some of the most inspired, mood-jumping jazz in history. The flowing sadness of "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" (unedited here for the first time on CD!) rings like a funeral chorus that pitches headlong into a celebration of Lester Young's life and improvising flexibility, rather than his death. And there's the funky furnace blast of "Boogie Stop Shuffle" (also unedited!), which reaches its glory with Booker Ervin's Texas tenor sax, wrapped tight in bluesy tone. With the index of emotions captured, these songs nail why Mingus is possibly the most relevant jazzer for the '90s generation. He swings and shouts and hollers and somersaults. His tunes either induce foot-stomping with their intensity or reach for poignant yearning with their lyrical tapestry of orchestral colors. --Andrew Bartlett
Out To Lunch

Review No Description Available.
Genre: Jazz Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Rating:
Release Date: 7-NOV-1995
Somethin' Else (RVG Edition)

Review This 1963 recording occupies a special place in Mingus's work, his most brilliantly realized extended composition. The six-part suite is a broad canvas for the bassist's tumultuous passions, ranging from islands of serenity for solo guitar and piano to waves of contrapuntal conflict and accelerating rhythms that pull the listener into the musical psychodrama. It seems to mingle and transform both the heights and clichés of jazz orchestration, from Mingus's master, Duke Ellington, to film noir soundtracks. The result is a masterpiece of sounds and textures, from the astonishing vocal effects of the plunger-muted trumpets and trombone (seeming to speak messages just beyond the range of understanding) to the soaring romantic alto of Charlie Mariano. Boiling beneath it all are the teeming, congested rhythms of Mingus and drummer Dannie Richmond and the deep morass of tuba and baritone saxophone. This is one of the greatest works in jazz composition, and it's remarkable that Mingus dredged this much emotional power from a group of just 11 musicians. --Stuart Broomer
Monk's Dream

Review CHARLES MINGUS - COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION: 1953-1957 - 4 CD SET
Moanin'

Review MINGUS CHARLES BLUES & ROOTS
Saxophone Colossus [Reissue]

Review UK-only five CD box containing a quintet of albums from the Jazz great packaged in mini LP sleeves and housed in a slipcase. Includes the albums Pithecanthropus Erectus, the Clown, Blues & Roots, Oh Yeah and Tonight at Noon. Warner. 2011.
The Shape of Jazz to Come

Review CHARLES MINGUS - COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION: 1957-1960 - 4 CD SET

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