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Epitaph [Import]

Charles Mingus Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Mar 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026WQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,940 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Main (Album Version) 7:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Percussion Discussion (Album Version) 8:360.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Main Score Part 2 (Album Version) 5:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Started Melody (Album Version)11:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Better Get It In Your Soul (Album Version) 9:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Soul (Album Version) 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Moods In Mambo (Album Version) 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Self Portrait/Chill Of Death (Album Version)11:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Oscar Pettiford (Album Version) 2:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Please Don'tm Come Back From The Moon (Album Version) 9:490.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Monk, Bunk & Vice Versa (Osmotin') 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Peggy's Blue Skylight (Album Version) 4:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wolverine Blues (Album Version) 6:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Children's Hour Of Dream (Album Version) 9:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ballad (In Other Words, I Am Three) (Album Version) 9:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Freedom - Part Two (Album Version) 7:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Interlude(The Underdog Rising) (Album Version) 5:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Noon Night (Album Version) 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Main Score Reprise (Album Version) 4:460.99  Buy MP3 

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album ever made? 26 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
Of course it's not, merely a personal favorite - but one which I cannot recommend highly enough.
Two things you should bear in mind, though - firstly, this is not the Mingus of `Blues And Roots' and `Ah Um', not the Mingus of raw blues/gospel-inflected small-group jazz. Rather this is the Mingus of `Pre-Bird' and `The Black Saint' - the progressive large-ensemble composer who speaks a language as much influenced by classical music and the jazz avant-garde of the '60s as by Duke Ellington and Gil Evans.
Secondly, Charles Mingus himself does not perform on this disc - it is a posthumous project that essentially reconstructs, completes, and improves upon, his infamous Town Hall Concert of 1962 (Epitaph being the overall name of the suite he intended to record there).
Mingus scholars will recognise some of the material from the aforementioned Town Hall Concert, the Debut recordings and the aforementioned studio albums (e.g `Noon Night' is a version of `Nouroog' and `Ballad[In Other Words]' contains a key theme from 'The Black Saint''s second side) - but there's plenty they won't have heard, and the familiar material may confound their expectations.
There's simply too much to discuss about the orchestration, the unorthodox blend of improvisation and arrangement (especially in the mind-boggling expanded version of `The Chill Of Death'), the actual solos, Gunther Schuller's awesome work reconstructing the music from often-illegible scores...
Let me suggest you play the samples of `Wolverine Blues' (adapted from the Jelly Roll Morton tune of the same name) and then `The Children's Hour Of Dream' (which may remind some listeners of Frank Zappa's orchestral writing): you'll get an idea of the sheer scope of Mingus's ambition here.
Soloists include Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson, George Adams, Britt Woodman, Urbie Green, Jack Walrath, John Hicks, John Handy and Michael Rambinowitz.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Monolithic Achievement 16 Dec 2011
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Never performed during his lifetime (except for one infamously disastrous attempt in the 70s), this 500 page, 4000 measure masterwork is Mingus' most ambitious and perhaps even greatest achievement, encompassing music from every period of his career - it was written over a span of about 20 years. Painstakingly pieced together after his death by german composer and scholar Gunter Schuller, this is a live recording of one of its few concert performances (it is over 2 hours long after all). Comprising of a double big-band (around 30-odd players), the 19 varied movements showcase mingus' genius for harmony, arrangement and texture, never failing to interest from soft, lyrical sections to noisy dissonant crescendos. Comparable in status to some of Duke Ellington's greatest work, this is one of the few groundbreaking jazz albums of recent times. Though it's not the most accessible of introductions (pick up Ah Um or Blues and Roots first), it stands as a towering work of third-stream jazz, and a must for any serious mingus fan
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monumental compositions by a jazz giant 19 Aug 2004
By madamemusico - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The first time I heard this music, I knew it was something special, out of the ordinary. These are the great compositions that Mingus left after his death to be played as his "epitaph," and they are complex and challenging to the listener.

Gunther Schuller does a superb job of conducting this complex score and capturing a true Mingus feeling despite the leader's unavoidable absence. If you compare the original Town Hall performances of these works, conducted by Mingus himself, to these recreations, you will be amazed by how similar they are in feel, tempo and texture, though these are recorded digitally.

"Epitaph" is more than a collection of pieces, it is a massive concert score in its own right. I strongly recommend that, if you are new to Mingus, that you move into this set slowly by sampling some of his own earlier recordings, but I guarantee that you won't be disappointed.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charles Mingus was a f-----g genius and HE LIVES here. 6 May 2005
By unreconstructedrebel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Was at the 1962 Town Hall concert when he first let us hear some of this...in between walk outs where he just stormed out and an hour or so later came back...and no one in the audience left for all those hours. If we're smart, we give genius whatever room it needs since there's so little of it around in anyone's lifetime. Much of this great man of music is caught by another great musician/musicologist Gunter Schiller and a few good men like Wynton Marsalis and many other 'notables' who woulda given their year's pay just to be there...playing at this tribute...and here he is again...not 'back from the dead'..but proving he never died. Charles Mingus will always live. This 'Epitaph' title is about as serious a title as his 'Eat That Chicken' and he woulda laughed at it. 'Epitaph my a-s' he probably said..through all that thunder and lightening that struck over Wolf Trap the first time this great reconstructed collection was played in public...with his wife in the audience hearing both the thunder in the music and the thunder in the sky... knowing it was all from the same source. Buy this...listen to it..then get mingusmingusmingus and OH YEAH..and he'll live in you too. Play it all for your friends...and your kids. They'll all play it for their friends and their kids...they'll write their own reviews...and on he lives.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific big band recording of Mingus' compositions 18 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A recording conducted by Gunther Schuller in tribute to Charles Mingus. Lots of music in this two disc set, recorded by many great jazz players. The music is energetic and vibrant. Highly recommended.
Jazz still has a lot of catching up to do to Charlie and his music.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mingus fan 6 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This set is a good place for people who are first time mingus listeners. Though for those who are Mingus fans this may be a bit of a dissopointment, because of lack of energy and the edge that would have been there had Mingus been there himself. But overall it is a good set with a variety of songs that give a overall veiw of Mingus's work.
18 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mingus absent 27 April 2000
By Jonathan Mayhew - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have to agree with a music fan in New York that this album is missing the essential jazz element. It is jazz musicians playing a Mingus score. There is little improvisation or "fire in the belly." If you must have everything by Mingus don't let me stop you. But if you are checking him out for the first time there are many classic recordings that are more worthwhile.
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