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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Discography

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 Pure… Jazz Various Artists 1
2011 Perfect Jazz Collection II Various Artists 1
2011 The Jazz Years - History of Jazz Box set Various Artists 1
2011 Saint-Germain des Prés Café: The Must-Have Cool Tempo Selection from Paris Various Artists 1
2012 101 Best of Jazz Various Artists 1
2012 The Essential Jazz Various Artists 1
2012 Spirit of Cool Jazz Various Artists 1
2012 50 Finest Jazz Various Artists 1
2012 Jazz Deluxe Various Artists 1
2013 Jazz District: Cool Jazz Various Artists 1
2013 Haute Musique Various Artists 2
2013 Je n'aime pas toujours le jazz, mais ça j'aime bien Various Artists 1
2013 Klara Best of Jazz Various Artists 1
2014 The Cocktail Hour Various Artists 1
2014 Late Night Jazz Various Artists 1
2014 The Real… Jazz: The Ultimate Jazz Collection Various Artists 1
2015 Beyond Saturn Various Artists 1
2015 Golden Jazz Box - The Six Best Albums From the Six Best Jazzmen Various Artists 1
2015 Roots of Funk 1947 - 1962 Various Artists 1
2016 100 Hits: Jazz Various Artists 1
10 Jahre: Jazz Is Beck...: Modern Various Artists 1
100% Jazz Classics Various Artists 1
A Jazz Anthology: 36 Legendary Jazz Giants Various Artists 1
Afro-Blue Various Artists 1
All About Jazz Stars Various Artists 1
Atlantic Jazz: The Avant-Garde Various Artists 1
Bar Classics Deluxe Various Artists 1
Best of Jazz, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Best of Jazz, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
Body & Soul, Volume 3 - 80 Years of RCA Victor Jazz Various Artists 1
Cafe Jazz Various Artists 1
Classic Jazz, Jazz Masters Various Artists 1
Cornerstones: Sony Legacy CD Sampler Various Artists 1
Dreyfus Jazz CD Sampler Various Artists 1
Essential Jazz: 14 Classic Jazz Tracks Various Artists 1
Feber: Mats Olsson Jazz Various Artists 1
Jazz After Hours Various Artists 1
Jazz Classics, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
Jazz Evening - Smooth Sounds Various Artists 1
Jazz Favorites Various Artists 1
Jazz Greats Various Artists 2
Jazz Station, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
Jazz Station, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
Jazz-Blues-Soul 1959-60 Various Artists 1
Jazz-Club: Bass Various Artists 1
Jump For Joy, 1959-1961 Arne Domnérus 1
La Grande Storia del Jazz Various Artists 1
Led Zeppelin's Jukebox Various Artists 1
Oh God It Hurts It Hurts Various Artists 1
Playin' the Edge: Great Moments From the Heart of Jazz Various Artists 1
Pure Jazz Various Artists 1
RCA Victor Jazz/The First Half-Century: The 50's Various Artists 1
Simply Dinner Jazz Various Artists 1
The Beat Generation 1-3 Various Artists 1
The Best of Jazz Various Artists 1
The Finest Jazz Various Artists 1
The Giants of Jazz Collection Various Artists 1
The Jazz Selection, Volume Two Various Artists 1
The Story of Impulse! Various Artists 1
Too Marvelous: A Collection of Jazz Classics Various Artists 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Jazz at Massey Hall The Quintet 13
2013 Rolling Stone: Select: Live at Montreux Various Artists 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Impulsive! Revolutionary Jazz Reworked Various Artists 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide Various Artists 2
2000 The Whole Nine Yards Randy Edelman 1
2003 Any Way the Wind Blows Various Artists 1
2006 The Notorious Bettie Page Various Artists 1
2016 Born to Be Blue Various Artists 1

Other + Audiobook

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 99 x Jazz: Das klingende Lexikon des Jazz Various Artists 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 Late Night Jazz Various Artists 1

Broadcast + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Essential Mix Nicolas Jaar 3

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Cool 13: Rêve Various Artists 1
2011 TH'IS JAZZ Various Artists 1
2014 Jazz Legends Various Artists 1
22-1952 Les Trésors du jazz Various Artists 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 PartnerWorld for Developers//Fast Forward Various Artists 1
2005 Jazz From the Vaults Various Artists 1
2009 X5 Free Sampler: Jazz Various Artists 1
2009 1959: Jazz's Greatest Year Various Artists 1
2010 Trésors Jazz Various Artists 1
2011 Late Night Jazz Various Artists 1
2013 Late Night Jazz - The Ultimate Collection Various Artists 1

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