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I'm a major fanatic for Mingus, he was the greatest composer in Jazz, meshing gospel, hard bop, freeform experimental/third stream, AND classical music in his work. Bandleader, double bass prodigy, poet and civil rights activist, he was known as "The Angry Man of Jazz" because of his temper ( One of the few musicians Duke Ellington ever fired personally for fistfights on stage. Once, when confronted with a nightclub audience talking and clinking ice in their glasses while he performed, Mingus stopped his band and loudly chastised the audience, stating "Isaac Stern doesn't have to put up with this shit." Mingus reportedly destroyed a $20,000 bass in response to audience heckling at New York's Five Spot)
Because of his brilliant writing for mid-size ensembles—and his catering to and emphasizing the strengths of the musicians in his groups—Mingus is often considered the heir of Duke Ellington, for whom he expressed great admiration.
This double LP re-issue contains some of his best period, with his legendary septet featuring; John Handy also sax Booker Ervin tenor sax Jimmie Knepper trombone Horace Parlan piano Danny Richmond drums Shafi Hadi also sax and Willie Dennis trombone.
By the mid-1970s, Mingus was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), a wastage of the musculature. His once formidable bass technique suffered, until he could no longer play the instrument. He continued composing, however, and supervised a number of recordings before his death. He never got to finish his last project in 1979, a collaboration with Joni Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Jaco Pastorius. Joni had put words to his composition "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" among others, along with Mitchell originals and short, spoken word duets and home recordings of Mitchell and Mingus.
His ashes were scattered in the Ganges River.
Jazz Classics: Charles Mingus - Boogie Stop Shuffle
Charles Mingus Septet 1959 ~ Bird Calls