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Changes Two

Charles Mingus Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 July 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B00000332E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Free Cell Block F, 'Tis Nazi U.S.A. (LP Version) 6:530.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Silk Blue (LP Version)17:29Album Only
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Listen  4. Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love (LP Version) (for Changes Two) 4:130.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. For Harry Carney (LP Version) 8:000.59  Buy MP3 


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 28 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a classic by Mingus, and it sounds much much better than amazon's sound samples are able to convey.
"For Harry Carney" is a favourite of mine, with its very catchy and steady, but mellow, baseline.
"Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Silk Blue" starts out sensible (didn't I hear some of this in the soundtrack for "Taxi Driver"?), but then Mingus whips the orchestra into some insanely fast action which they quite amazingly pull off. This is a kind of lazy melody, and I've seen a concert with Mingus in Oslo (1960) where it just isn't working out, and Mingus just cuts it in the middle and shouts the name for some other tune. But in this recording it works well.
"Free Cell Block F, 'Tis Nazi U.S.A." and "Black Bats And Poles" are also very well worth listening to.
This whole cd is like an amazing jam session, and you can really get into the groove. With one exception, which is the tribute to Duke Ellington. This cut too has its charm, but I can see why another reviewer here did not like it. It's a downbeat and simple ballad type-thing, it would certainly work as background music in a romantic restaurant, perhaps in a romatic scene in some mainstream movie, and it does sound a bit older and much less thrilling than the rest of the tracks. It does have its qualities however, and I think it would be a gross overreaction to subtract two stars from the overall rating of the cd just because that track isn't up the same alley as the rest of the tracks.
This is overall a very good album, and one I've listened to again and again. Great jam session over Mingus compositions, plain and simple.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don Pullen in full flow 20 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
A bit of a mixed bag to be honest.
The highlight for me is some great soloing from the eclectic Don Pullen who switches from bop piano to avant-garde with startling regularity. Danny Richmond is there to drive the band forward and Jack Walruth and George Adams solo well.
All the tracks are top draw, if complex, Mingus compositions but I just hate Duke Ellington's Song of Love which is too close to parady and sounds 20 years older than the other tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy... crazy crazy crazy crazy... 12 May 2002
By Sean Howard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The first time I heard this album, I was paralyzed. It was like my entire body shut off from the power of the music. I was new to jazz at the time, and knew the standard "Real Book" tunes and the Berklee College of Music style of playing them. In marched one my friends with this album, and my entire take on jazz was changed. I've always been intrigued by the natural fluctuation between chaos and order in the world, and this particular Mingus work puts that idea into sound. The songs start out fairly straight-forward, although the harmony and the progressions involved are still very complex (Duke Ellington's Sound of Love is surprisingly difficult to figure out). The improvisations start out fairly standard, but as they keep going, the music starts slowly spiraling into a frenzy of energy and chaos that completely envelops you. You can feel the raw power of the music running through you as it gets more and more out there. Eventually the climax of insanity subsides and the song wraps up in a way that always seems symmetrical to the beginning (not just musically, but emotionally), leaving you the refreshing feeling that comes only from the resolution of massive amounts of musical tension.
Orange Was the Color of Her Dress... what can be said? This is a masterpiece, and in my opinion, the best recording of the song is on this album. Pullen's piano work on here will stun you, ranging from complex chord scales to just... the total destruction of his piano by about half way through the song. Like I said before, I was paralyzed by it. The songs all seem to take a trip through the wild side this same way, but this particular one was probably the most intense.
This album will change the way you listen to music if you're ready to hear it. It's an album for people who need to feel their music more than they need to hear it.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mingus Thrills; Perhaps His Best Later Period Album! 28 Jan 2003
By M. Allen Greenbaum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent work by the great jazz composer and bassist, dense, full of tone colors, and extremely well recorded. "Free Cell Block F, 'Tis Nazi U.S.A." is about as good as anything Mingus has ever done; and is definitely one of the best of his later compositions. The opening riff breaks into a deeply satisfying tenor solo by George Adams. Colors and tones fly everywhere, it's a near-perfect combination of straight-ahead and the avant-garde. It also features a beautiful piano solo by Don Pullen, and, of course, the incomparable Dannie Richmond mixing things up on drums. There's a lush, almost traditional sound to the piano, yet Mingus and the band always keeps things interesting and off-balance. The trips up and down the scales have an almost jokey feeling to them (as does some of the piano on Track 2), but the music comes at you with such force and density that the song maintains its power. For Mingus fans, this piece alone justifies the purchase of this album.

Another great Mingus title (literally) is "Orange was the Color of Her Dress, Then Silk Blue." This gets the Mingus film noire treatment, it's expressive and cinematic and hints at mystery. At two minutes it swings into full gear, with excellent interplay between Adams and Jack Walrath (trumpet). It's similar in conception to Track 1: A lush orchestral sound meeting twists and flourishes of the "3rd Wave." Pullen has a magnificently expressive, beautiful piano piece, and Mingus comps superbly. It's hard to decide whether this or `Free Cell Block' is the better composition. There's some jumbly piano poundings at the end--I think it's a bit overdone--but Mingus reigns it in, and the sax and densely arranged instrumentation brings it all back home. Mingus' bass is supremely rich and soulful, and he and George Adams really tear it up at the song's finale.
"Black Bats and Poles" is a full-bodied piece that's a little too amped for me-there's almost an electronic Miles Davis sound to Walrath's trumpet that, for me, didn't quite work. Periodically, Mingus and Pullen break free from a dull, repeated 3-note background riff to liven things up. George Adams has some excellent solos against the changing tempos.
Jackie Paris is the "guest vocalist" on "Duke Ellington's Sound of Love." I like Mingus' very personal lyrics, but I don't think Paris added much to the piece. At about two minutes, there's a very good (albeit too brief ) Ben Websterish solo by Adams, and here and there orchestral sounds that recall Ellington. I really didn't like the song much on first hearing, but am beginning to appreciate it more now (especially as I hear the lyrics). An instrumental version appears on "Changes One." Track 5 is another tribute, this time with a moody atmosphere and a blues-like bass riff. This is a powerful number with surging drums and bass, thoughtful and beautifully played sax, and Pullen's crisp yet soulful playing. The latter is simply outstanding. This time, Walrath gets a more pinched sound from the trumpet, again recalling Miles, but with a mute. Every solo on this composition is excellent, and the unifying theme and rhythm complete a solid melody. Overall, this is an excellent, joyous CD. I recommend it highly, especially for those who haven't heard much of the Mingus' later output. Clearly, his genius is with him.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Later Day Masterpiece 3 Oct 2000
By "marleyscott" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I will always cherish the memory of catching Charles Mingus live at "Two Saints" on St. Mark's Place, NYC in the summer of 1973. Little did we know how sick Mingus really was and how his days were numbered. I don't know for sure how long he continued to perform after that wonderful show, but I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed one of the giants of twentieth century jazz.
Changes One and Two were released jointly in the summer of 1975. Being a ceritifed Mingus fanatic, I immediately picked up on both and was blown away. All of the earlier elements of his 50's and 60's masterpieces were still intact. The extraordinary rhythemic changes, the innovative horn arrangements, the beautiful melodies all hallmarks of Mingus, the magician, the alchemist, the legend.
Dig the two versions of "Duke Ellington's Sound of Love", the longer instrumental version on Changes One and the sublime vocal version by Jackie Paris on Changes Two. There are numerous surprises throughout. All in all, I consider Changes One and Two the last truly great studio recordings by this immensely important and influential artist.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly incredible! 1 Dec 1999
By Morgan Price - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Changes 2, yet another masterpiece from the mind of Charles Mingus, is absolutely mind boggling. As with every new Mingus album I buy, this record totally reaffirmed my love and passion for the music of Charles Mingus. But this album especially speaks to me - in this album, I've found magnificent melodies, breathtaking solos, and discovered brilliant new players that collaberated with Mingus.
On this record, of special note is "Orange was the color of her dress..." This piece, in my opinion, is the real highlight of the album, filled with intricacies and delicate nuances on several levels, that take several listenings to fully appreciate. All this adds to the songs splendor, along with the powerful solos by George Adams, a tenor sax player who resembles late Coltrane, and Don Pullen, a remarkable piano player who is both classical and avant-garde.
I would strongly recommend this to any fan of music, jazz, and especially Mingus afficanados. With strong, moving pieces and incredible playing from all members, Changes Two ranks as one of my all-time favorite Mingus LPs.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mingus the Fantastic! 27 July 2004
By paris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one of Mingus' finest albums. "Free Cell Block F" is a monster challenge for any musician to play, beginning with five sets of 8th note triplets in 5/4! for one bar, then shifting to 4/4, then back to 5/4 and 4/4. And I swear, the tempos get torridly fast on a couple of the tunes. George Adams really knew how to interpret Mingus' work. He and Walrath sound tight together. There is no "BEST" Mingus album. But this rates as one of the "BEST."
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