Charles Mingus

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"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

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Best of Jazz Various Artists 1
2000 Café Jazz 2 Various Artists 1
2000 Hallmark Jazz: The Great Performers Various Artists 1
2000 Jazz Cafe Sit back relax to mellow favourites Various Artists 1
2000 Midnite Jazz & Blues: That's Jazz, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2000 Swingin' Jazz on Impulse! Various Artists 1
2000 The Impulse! Album Various Artists 1
2000 The Jazz Century Various Artists 1
2000 The Jazz Station Various Artists 3
2001 Say It Loud! A Celebration of Black Music in America Various Artists 1
2001 Classic Jazz: Jazz Greats Various Artists 1
2001 Classic Jazz: the Fifties Various Artists 1
2001 Classic Jazz: The Sixties Various Artists 1
2001 Encyclopedia of Modern Jazz Bebop to Fusion Various Artists 1
2001 Hear Music, Volume 6: I See Tonight Various Artists 1
2001 Inspired: Jazz From the Soul Various Artists 1
2001 Jazz Masters (Legendary Archive & Live Recordings) Various Artists 1
2001 Street Mix: Music From VW Commercials, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2002 Bar Jazz, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2002 The Savoy Story, Volume One: Jazz Various Artists 1
2002 Savoy 60th Anniversary: Timeless Various Artists 1
2002 Pour ceux qui aiment le jazz Various Artists 1
2002 Classic Jazz: The Fifties, Take Two Various Artists 1
2002 Classic Jazz: The Seventies Various Artists 1
2002 Jazz Café: 40 Smooth Jazz Favourites Various Artists 1
2002 Jazz for Special Moments Various Artists 1
2002 Jazz Legends: Drum ’n’ Bass Various Artists 1
2002 Jazz on Cinema 3 Various Artists 1
2002 Something To Believe In Various Artists 1
2003 Cool Jazz: The Essential Album Various Artists 1
2003 Bar Jazz, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
2003 Umbria Jazz 30th Anniversary Various Artists 1
2003 Under the Influence: Paul Weller Various Artists 1
2003 Classic Jazz: The Sixties, Take Two Various Artists 1
2003 Cool Jazz: Scat Singers Various Artists 1
2003 Jazz Styles: 8th Edition Various Artists 1
2003 Piano Blues Various Artists 2
2003 Sax and the City Various Artists 1
2003 The Best Of Jazz Club Various Artists 1
2003 The Jazz Station Various Artists 1
2004 Smooth Jazz: Chilled Cuts for Cool Cats Various Artists 1
2004 Jazz Classics Various Artists 1
2004 Capital Gold Jazz Legends Various Artists 1
2004 Simply Jazz Various Artists 1
2004 Jazz for a Rainy Afternoon Various Artists 1
2004 Ch3vy's Stack of Wax Various Artists 1
2004 The Vibe! The Ultimate Rare Grooves Series, Volume 1: Hypnotic Grooves, Hard Bop & Modal Jazz Various Artists 1
2004 Ultimate Jazz & Blues Various Artists 1 1
2004 Vintage Vaults: Jazz Various Artists 1
2005 Bar Classics 6 Various Artists 1
2005 The Ultimate Jazz Archive Various Artists 43
2005 Basquiat Salutes Jazz Various Artists 1
2005 Impulsive! Unmixed Various Artists 1
2005 Black California: Central Avenue (1945-1950) Various Artists 1
2005 The Best of Blue Note at Umbria Jazz 1973/2005 Various Artists 1
2006 Real Jazz Various Artists 1
2006 The Kings of Jazz Various Artists 2
2006 Jazz Legends: Big Band, Sax & Trumpet Classics Various Artists 1
2006 The House That Trane Built: The Best of Impulse Records Various Artists 1
2006 The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records Various Artists 1
2006 25 ans de Radio Nova Various Artists 1
2006 First Class Jazz 8 Various Artists 1
2006 Jazz Greats, The Essential Masterpieces Various Artists 1
2006 Jazz: The First 100 Years Various Artists 1
2006 Pozytywne Wibracje, Volume 8 Various Artists 1
2006 Sidetracks Vol. 7 - That's Blue! + Painters Talking Various Artists 1
2006 The Classic Years: 1957 Various Artists 1
2007 The Essential Guide to Jazz Various Artists 1
2007 Back to Mine: Guillemots Guillemots 1
2007 25 ans avant Nova Various Artists 1
2007 In the Mind of Jamie Cullum Various Artists 1
2007 Jazz Greats, The Essential Masterpieces / Trilogy Various Artists 1
2007 Somethin' New: Jazz Sampler 2007 Various Artists 1
2008 Theme Time Radio Hour With Your Host Bob Dylan Various Artists 1
2008 The Very Best of Jazz Various Artists 1
2008 Smooth Jazz: Collector's Edition Various Artists 1
2008 Beginner's Guide to Jazz Various Artists 1
2008 L'Intégrale Jazz Various Artists 1
2008 The Encyclopedia of Jazz, Part 5/5: Modern Jazz - Cool Jazz Various Artists 1
2008 Klara Off Beat: A Jef Neve Jazz Compilation Various Artists 1
2008 Simply Jazz Greats Various Artists 1
2009 Makin' Whoopee Various Artists 1
2009 Black Is Beautiful, Volume 4: Jazz Session Various Artists 1
2009 The Norton Jazz Recordings Various Artists 1
2009 Atlantic Records: The Time Capsule Various Artists 1
2009 100% Jazz Various Artists 1
2009 Essential Blue Note Various Artists 1
2010 The Perfect Jazz Collection Various Artists 1
2010 Télérama: 60 ans de musiques Various Artists 1
2010 La Grande Histoire du Jazz: Au temps du Middle Jazz et du Bop 1952 > 1955 André Francis & Jean Schwarz 1
2010 100 Best of Blue Note Various Artists 2
2010 100 Greatest Jazz Hits Various Artists 1
2010 Rafal Bryndal Jazz Quartet vol.2 cd1 Various Artists 1
2010 The Art of Jazz: 1959 Jazz’s Greatest Year Various Artists 1
2010 The Jazz Masters Various Artists 2
2010 The Savoy Collection Various Artists 1
2011 50 Best of Blue Note Various Artists 1
2011 Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology Various Artists 1
2011 The 100 Best Jazz Tunes of the 1950's Various Artists 1
2011 The Rough Guide to Jazz Legends: Miles Davis: Birth of a Legend Miles Davis 2

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