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Mingus Ah Um

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Genre: Jazz Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 16-FEB-1999
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 CHARLES MINGUS - COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION: 1957-1960 - 4 CD SET
Saxophone Colossus [Reissue]

Review Limited vinyl LP repressing of this 1963 album by the jazz great. Bassist/composer Charles Mingus is one of the most radical figures in American music. This album broke new ground in both genre-defying composition and innovative recording techniques. A six-part suite with dramatic shifts in mood and tempo, the Black Saint and the Sinner Lady features the three-way brass dialogue of trumpets, trombone and tuba, swooping reeds and awe-inspiring rhythm section. Balancing delicate Spanish modes and Ellington like themes, the ensemble breaks into a divine cacophony of group improvisation on par with free jazz giants like Ornette Coleman or Cecil Taylor. In his best-known essay, "Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung," Lester Bangs praises, "the experience of the first few listening's to a record so total, so mind-twisting, that you authentically can say you'll never be quite the same again. Black Saint and the Sinner Lady did that, and a very few others. They're events you remember all your life, like your first real orgasm." This long out-of-print vinyl release has been carefully remastered from the original master tapes.
Time Out

Review One of Mingus's best swing albums repressed on limited edition 180 gram vinyl.
Moanin'

Review CHARLES MINGUS - COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION: 1953-1957 - 4 CD SET
The Shape of Jazz to Come

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Somethin' Else (RVG Edition)

Review Limited 180 gram vinyl LP pressing of this classic 1956 Jazz album. Pithecanthropus Erectus was Mingus' breakthrough as a leader, the album where he established himself as a composer of boundless imagination and a fresh new voice that, despite his ambitiously modern concepts, was firmly grounded in jazz tradition. With this album he began seeking new ways to increase the evocative power of the art form and challenge his musicians (this release includes Jackie McLean on alto sax and Mal Waldron on piano) to break preexisting conventions. Wax Time.
Head Hunters

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.
A Love Supreme

Review Simply put, Charles Mingus: The Complete Columbia and RCA Albums Collection contains some of the most vital and important modern jazz ever produced. Examining a fertile period that stretches from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, the inclusive 10-CD set includes such masterpieces as Tijuana Moods (1957) (now 2 CDs); Mingus Ah Um (1959), Mingus Dynasty (1959), Alternate Takes (1959), Let My Children Hear Music (1971) and the double disc, Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert (1972). The addition of Epitaph (1989), which captures an all-star ensemble led by Gunther Schuller interpreting Mingus's epic composition, rounds out a stunning portrait of the extraordinary bassist, composer and bandleader who, in the banner year of 2012, would have celebrated his 90th birthday. Charles Mingus: The Complete Columbia and RCA Albums Collection booklet features photos from the various recording sessions as well as liner notes by Sue Mingus, Charles's wife and executor of his estate, which provide an intimate study of an intense and complex man, one who produced some of the most exciting and expressive sounds jazz will ever know.
Kind Of Blue

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Genre: Jazz Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 16-FEB-1999
The Complete Albums Collection 1957-1960 (4CD BOX SET)

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
The Complete Albums Collections 1953-1957 (4CD BOX SET)

Review CHARLES MINGUS - COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION: 1957-1960 - 4 CD SET
Complete Albums Collection: 1954-1957 (5CD Box Set)

Review Limited vinyl LP repressing of this 1963 album by the jazz great. Bassist/composer Charles Mingus is one of the most radical figures in American music. This album broke new ground in both genre-defying composition and innovative recording techniques. A six-part suite with dramatic shifts in mood and tempo, the Black Saint and the Sinner Lady features the three-way brass dialogue of trumpets, trombone and tuba, swooping reeds and awe-inspiring rhythm section. Balancing delicate Spanish modes and Ellington like themes, the ensemble breaks into a divine cacophony of group improvisation on par with free jazz giants like Ornette Coleman or Cecil Taylor. In his best-known essay, "Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung," Lester Bangs praises, "the experience of the first few listening's to a record so total, so mind-twisting, that you authentically can say you'll never be quite the same again. Black Saint and the Sinner Lady did that, and a very few others. They're events you remember all your life, like your first real orgasm." This long out-of-print vinyl release has been carefully remastered from the original master tapes.
Complete Albums Collection: 1957-1961 (5CD Box Set)

Review One of Mingus's best swing albums repressed on limited edition 180 gram vinyl.
The Pacific Jazz Collection (4CD BOX SET)

Review CHARLES MINGUS - COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION: 1953-1957 - 4 CD SET
Complete Blue Note Collection: 1957-1960 (4CD Box Set)

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12 Classic Albums: 1956-1962 [6CD]

Review Limited 180 gram vinyl LP pressing of this classic 1956 Jazz album. Pithecanthropus Erectus was Mingus' breakthrough as a leader, the album where he established himself as a composer of boundless imagination and a fresh new voice that, despite his ambitiously modern concepts, was firmly grounded in jazz tradition. With this album he began seeking new ways to increase the evocative power of the art form and challenge his musicians (this release includes Jackie McLean on alto sax and Mal Waldron on piano) to break preexisting conventions. Wax Time.
12 Classic Albums: 1947-1962

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.
Twelve Classic Albums: 1959-1962

Review Simply put, Charles Mingus: The Complete Columbia and RCA Albums Collection contains some of the most vital and important modern jazz ever produced. Examining a fertile period that stretches from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, the inclusive 10-CD set includes such masterpieces as Tijuana Moods (1957) (now 2 CDs); Mingus Ah Um (1959), Mingus Dynasty (1959), Alternate Takes (1959), Let My Children Hear Music (1971) and the double disc, Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert (1972). The addition of Epitaph (1989), which captures an all-star ensemble led by Gunther Schuller interpreting Mingus's epic composition, rounds out a stunning portrait of the extraordinary bassist, composer and bandleader who, in the banner year of 2012, would have celebrated his 90th birthday. Charles Mingus: The Complete Columbia and RCA Albums Collection booklet features photos from the various recording sessions as well as liner notes by Sue Mingus, Charles's wife and executor of his estate, which provide an intimate study of an intense and complex man, one who produced some of the most exciting and expressive sounds jazz will ever know.

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