Charles Mingus – Landmark Albums 1956-60 – 3CD


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Charles Mingus was a double bassist, pianist composer and bandleader, and a significant proponent of the idea of collective improvisation, who brought a personal and uniquely distinctive musical approach to jazz as well as an uncompromising commitment to his musical ambitions and integrity. He recorded prolifically over three decades and more, but many critics highlight a series of albums which he recorded during the late 1950s and into 1960, which represented something of a creative high point in that era of his career, and indeed in his whole musical canon. This excellent-value 3-CD set comprises the complete contents of the albums “Pithecanthropus Erectus”, “The Clown” and Blues And Roots” on Atlantic and “Mingus Ah Um” on Columbia, along with titles which were recorded at the same sessions, but omitted from original albums because of space, but added to subsequent iterations, having been made available on other releases in the meantime. The first two albums feature different quintet line-ups of his Jazz Workshop, with several of the musicians then appearing in the 11-piece band on “Blues And Roots” and the septet on “Mingus Ah-Um”, both of which also featured the likes of tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin. The albums, almost entirely self-composed, capture Mingus at his most searingly creative, and the collection offers and absorbing and exciting showcase for his important contribution to jazz.

Track Listing:

CD1: Charlie Mingus Jazz Workshop: 1. Pithecanthropus Erectus -   2. A Foggy Day -   3. Profile of Jackie -   4. Love Chant -   The Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop: 5. Haitian Fight Song -   6. Blue Cee -   7. Reincarnation Of A Love Bird -

CD2: The Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop: 1. The Clown -   2. Passions Of A Woman Loved -   3. Tonight At Noon -   Charlie Mingus: 4. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting -   5. Cryin' Blues -   6. Moanin' -   7. Tensions -   8. My Jelly Roll Soul -   9. E's Flat Ah's Flat Too -

CD3: Charles Mingus: 1. Better Git It In -   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. Pussy Cat Dues -   9. Jelly Roll -   10. Pedal Point Blues -   11. GG Train -   12. Girl Of My Dreams -

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