Annotation

"Good jazz is when the leader jumps on the piano, waves his arms, and yells. Fine jazz is when a tenorman lifts his foot in the air. Great jazz is when he heaves a piercing note for 32 bars and collapses on his hands and knees. A pure genius of jazz is manifested when he and the rest of the orchestra runaround the room while the rhythm section grimaces and dances around their instruments." (Charles Mingus)

Arguably one of the greatest composer of the last century, definitely the greatest contrabassist, an impressive pianist, a controversial writer, a true jazz icon, the greatest hard-bop jazz leader, neither superlatives nor somewhat silly "rankings" can do justice to Charles Mingus genius and music.
From the first "small" features in 1945, to the late Me, Myself an Eye from 1978, just moments before his death, Charles Mingus left us a hundred of equally earth shaking records, among which Tijuana Moods, Ah Um, The Clown, The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, Mingus Moves, Let my Children Hear Music...

Most of his early career can be found on West Coast and on the 10 cd box set The Complete Debut Recordings, not to mention the Bethlehem and Savoy sessions.
Already a major voice by the 50's, he contributed his part in two of the finest jazz records ever, namely Jazz at Massey Hall and Money Jungle.

Closing the 50's with a series of major records for Atlantic (all to be found in the Passions of a Man box set), Mingus walked into the 60's with Candid, and a new line-up including Eric Dolphy (another true jazz genius).
The Candid sessions on their own deserve a book: adventurous, demanding, heartfelt, both breaking new grounds and deeply rooted, all material is equally exceptional.
Reaching new heights - if possible - with three smashing Impulse! releases, the band planned a European tour for 1964.

That tour was havoc, pure blossoming beauty, craziness and genius at work, unfortunately mostly documented on poor quality bootlegs.

Sadly, it was also death, as Eric Dolphy passed in mysterious circumstances in Germany, leaving Mingus devastated, going silent for five years.

1970 saw another Mingus come back, in his 50's, taking charge again almost exactly where it stopped in 64: Paris - and the famous TNP session.
A colossal Mingus, dominating both his instrument and formations, appeased on the surface, still burning of that old flame, for a last decade of genius work, and a handful of studio records - most musicians would make a career out of just one of these, namely Three or Four Shades of Blues, Changes, Cumbia and Jazz Fusion...

Epitaph, a work of a lifetime that he knew he could never record, was performed in the late 80's, and can be found as a two cd box.

"If someone has been escaping reality, I don't expect him to dig my music." --- Charles Mingus

(Cat owners will also be highly interested by the famous Mingus cat toilet training program, the Cat-alog.)

Archived discography page: http://web.archive.org/web/20080421180139/http://outbreakin.hp.infoseek.co.jp/charlesmingus1.htm

Annotation last modified on 2013-03-25 03:57 .
Filter

Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1958 Modern Jazz Concert Gunther Schuller, George Russell 1
1960 Newport Rebels Jazz Artists Guild 12
1996 Jazz Greats (Three Disc Box) Various Artists 4
2005 Sand Dancer Andy Scott & Dave Hassell 1
2010 Geniesser Lounge - Bar Jazz Collection - Late Night Experience Various Artists 1
2010 Hip Hop and Jazz Mixed Up S. Mos 2
2014 Welcome to Planet Earth 2: Supreme [Machines] and Devolved [Monsters] Ryan Carter 4 1
2015 Spiritual Jazz 6: Vocals Various Artists 1
10th Anniversary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Various Artists 1
The Jazz Collection (disc 1) Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 The Blues in Modern Jazz Various Artists 1
1964 The Definitive Jazz Scene, Volume 1 Various Artists 2
1975 Black Giants Various Artists 1
1986 Atlantic Jazz: The Avant-Garde Various Artists 1
1987 CBS Jazz Masterpieces: Sampler, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1987 The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1988 A Tribute to George Gershwin by the Giants of Jazz Various Artists 1
1988 Candid Jazz Various Artists 1
1988 CBS Jazz Masterpieces - Sampler, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1988 Les Géants du Jazz Vol. 2 Various Artists 1
1989 The Jazz Masters: 27 Classic Performances From the Columbia Jazz Masterpieces Series Various Artists 1
1989 Jazz Classics Various Artists 1
1989 The Giants of Jazz, Volume Two Various Artists 1
1990 Jazz Parade: 40's-60's Various Artists 1
1990 The Message Various Artists 1
1991 75 All Time Jazz Sessions Various Artists 1
1991 A Jazz Hour Special: The Sampler Various Artists 1
1992 A Taste of Jazz: Red, Hot & Sexy Various Artists 1
1992 The Beat Generation Various Artists 1
1992 Jazz in Los Angeles, the 1940s Various Artists 1 1
1992 Passport (The Sony Jazz compilation, volume 1) Various Artists 1
1992 RCA Victor Jazz/The First Half-Century: The 50's Various Artists 1
1993 Atlantic Jazz Legends, Volume 1 Various Artists 2
1993 Contrebasse Various Artists 1
1993 Playboy’s 40th Anniversary: Four Decades of Jazz 1953-1993 Various Artists 1
1993 Atlantic Jazz: The Best of the '50s Various Artists 1
1993 Les Plus Grands Moments du Jazz, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1994 Summertime Various Artists 2
1994 The Original Jazz Masters Series, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1994 Red Hot on Impulse Various Artists 1
1994 Covering All the Bassists Various Artists 1
1994 Atlantic Jazz: Best of the '60s, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1994 Qualis: Swing Various Artists 1
1994 The Best of Jazz, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
1994 The Sunday Times Music Collection: Jazz Legends Various Artists 1
1995 Mercury Records Jazz Story Various Artists 1
1995 International Jazz All Stars, Vol. 4 Various Artists 1
1995 Jazz Bass Various Artists 1
1995 Jazz Café: Afterhours Various Artists 1
1995 The Black Box of Jazz Various Artists 2
1995 The World of Jazz Various Artists 1
1996 A Great Day in Harlem Various Artists 1
1996 The Best Jazz... Ever! Various Artists 1
1996 100 ans de jazz Various Artists 2
1996 Can You Dig It?!: Impulse! Basics Various Artists 1
1996 Cool Jazz Various Artists 1
1996 Jazz & Big Band: Don't Blame Me Various Artists 1
1996 Jazz Cafe Sampler Various Artists 1
1996 Jazz Ultimate Various Artists 1
1996 Masters of Jazz, Volume 4: Big Bands of the '50s & '60s Various Artists 1
1996 The Birth of the Third Stream Various Artists 1
1996 The Jazz Greats Various Artists 1
1996 This Is Jazz Sampler Various Artists 2
1996 Tresors Jazz Various Artists 1
1997 Standards on impulse! Various Artists 1
1997 RCA Victor 80th Anniversary Sampler Various Artists 1
1997 Priceless Jazz Sampler Various Artists 1
1997 Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years Various Artists 1
1997 The Chronicle of Jazz Various Artists 1
1997 Best Of Jazz Various Artists 1
1997 Blue Moods Various Artists 1
1997 grands classiques du jazz Various Artists 1
1997 Jazz Various Artists 1
1997 The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz Various Artists 1
1998 Atlantic Jazz: Classics Various Artists 1
1998 The White Box of Jazz Various Artists 1
1998 American Pop: An Audio History - From Minstrels to Mojo: On Record, 1893-1946 Various Artists 1
1998 Cool Swing Various Artists 1
1998 Geschichte der Pop Musik Various Artists 1
1998 Get Hip to the Impulse! Sound Trip Various Artists 1
1998 Jazz Greats Various Artists 1
1998 The Night Is Blue Various Artists 1
1998 Trio de Bernardo Moreira Bernardo Moreira 1
1998 Umbria Jazz: 25th Anniversary Various Artists 1
1998 Unrehearsed Perfection Various Artists 1
1999 Hot Summer Swing Various Artists 1
1999 Central Avenue Sounds Various Artists 5 1
1999 Jazz: The Definitive Performances (Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for Century) Various Artists 1
1999 A Jazz Anthology of Legendary Performers: Take Five Various Artists 1
1999 All That Jazz, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1999 Classic Jazz: Jazz Masters Various Artists 1
1999 Gilbert Shelton Chooses a Few of His Favourite Numbers: Honky Soul, Race Music, Hard Bop & Anachronic Jazz Gilbert Shelton 1
1999 Jazz after midnight Various Artists 1
1999 Jazz Anthology: Featuring Over 50 Legendary Performers Various Artists 1
1999 Jazz for Dinner Various Artists 1
1999 Masters of Jazz: Volume One Various Artists 1
1999 Masters of Jazz: Volume Three Various Artists 1
1999 Repertoire: A Starbucks Collection of Unforgettable Piano Jazz Various Artists 1
1999 The Best of the 50's and 60's Various Artists 1
1999 The Best of Verve Master Edition, Volume 2 Various Artists 1

Showing all release groups for various artists. Show only official various artists release groups instead, or show release groups by this artist.