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Charles Mingus - Mingus Mingus Mingus (Verve Acoustic Sound Series)

Charles Mingus - Mingus Mingus Mingus (Verve Acoustic Sound Series)

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Acoustic Sounds Series reissues from Verve/Universal Music Enterprises! Monthly releases highlighting the world's most historic and best jazz records! Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog tapes. 180-gram LPs pressed at Quality Record Pressings! Stoughton Printing gatefold old-style tip-on jackets. Series supervised by Chad Kassem CEO of Acoustic Sounds


"The album features the two sides of Mingus' compositional genius: the beautiful balladry that I always feel has a bit of a film-noir feel to it, alongside those joyous upbeat numbers that are filled with an organized chaos that categorizes much of the bassist's best work. ... Throw in the fact that it also features Jaki Byard (who is just phenomenal on this recording and remains criminally underrated), Booker Ervin, Dannie Richmond and Eric Dolphy and you have some of Mingus' finest sidemen driving his compositions to the fantastical places they seemed preordained to go. ... Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus is a record that has more than stood the test of time and is an everlasting testament to the talents of Mingus and the players who had the ability to follow his musical vision." — The Jazz Record

Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus was Charles Mingus' last major studio recording of the 1960s (the solo Mingus Plays Piano would also be released the same year in 1964) and it's a real treasure in the great jazz bassist's discography

Two of the tracks ("Celia" and "I X Love") were recorded at the sessions for The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady, while the rest were laid down eight months later with a group that included Booker Ervin, Eric Dolphy and Jaki Byard (Byard also played on the two earlier tracks). Both sessions featured groups of 11 players, all of whom were in top form in performing Mingus' notoriously complex compositions, writes jazzrecord.com.

All but two tracks on Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus were re-interpretations of songs from the bassist's earlier catalog, only "Celia" rates as a new original number, and "Mood Indigo" is a cover of the famous tune by Mingus's hero Duke Ellington.

Mingus's second Impulse! Album, released in 1963, was another large-ensemble masterpiece featuring two of the bassist/bandleader's greatest compositions - "Celia" and "Better Get Hit In Yo' Soul" - plus a famous version of Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo."

Tracklisting

  1. II B.S.
  2. I X Love
  3. Celia
  4. Mood Indigo
  5. Better Get Hit In Yo' Soul
  6. Theme For Lester Young
  7. Hora Decubitus
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