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Mingus Dynasty [VINYL]

Charles Mingus Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (14 Oct 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pure Pleasure
  • ASIN: B000ZA3M1O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous, pleasant 1 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
It is hard for me to grade the albums of the great Charles Mingus - so many of them are perfect or near perfection and this is a fine example, indeed!
I don't find it in any way lesser achievement than "Mingus Ah Um", and the only fault I can find in this collection of newly polished and restored gems is the additional number "Strollin'" (vocals in Mingus' work are often...Ah...Um...Sloppy).

I lack the words to describe the genius of this true Ellington of modern jazz and it is very hard to me to pick favorite songs - beautiful "Diane" or "Far Wells, Mills Valley", glorious "Gunslinging Bird" or brilliant versions of Ellington's numbers ("Mood Indigo", "Things Ain't what they used to be"...)...

Perfect!

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Two great ensembles Mingus plays with on this illustrious cd consist of:

A - Richard Williams (tp), Jimmy Knepper (tb), John Handy (as), Booker Ervin, Benny Golson (ts), Jerome Richardson (bs), Teddy Charles (vb), Roland Hanna (p), Dannie Richmond (dm); with Honey Gordon (vo) on "Strollin'" and Nico Bunink instead of Hanna on "New Now Know How" and "Strollin'".

B - Don Ellis (tp), J. Knepper (tb), J. Handy (as), B. Ervin (ts), R. Hanna (p), D. Richmond (dm); with Maurice Brown and Seymour Barab playin cello on "Slop" and "Put Me in That Dungeon"
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz delight 13 Jan 2008
By Furthur
Format:Audio CD
Damn I will never tire of listening to most of the tunes on this album. Again the brilliance of the man is obvious in so many track in this album, that this should touch anyone with an interst in good music.

Note that the strong gospel overtones of some of those tracks make them so much more enjoyable or approachable than most Jazz tunes. If you are a starter up at this style, well this is a very good start up pack.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
'Mingus Dynasty' is an unjustly neglected album that was recorded in November, 1959 six months after the great bassist's classic 'Mingus Ah Um'.
6 of the 10 tracks feature a tentet with the remaining 4 by a septet. The collective personnel includes Don Ellis & Richard Williams(trumpets); Jimmy Knepper(trombone); Booker Ervin. John Handy, Benny Golson & Jerome Richardson(reeds); Roland Hanna(piano); Teddy Charles(vibes) & Dannie Richmond(drums).
The varied music ranges from fiery gospel-and-blues('Slop' & 'Gunslinging Bird') and Ellington(Duke & Mercer) tributes to more complex pieces such as 'Far Wells, Mill Valley' & 'Diane'. The bonus track 'Strollin''(Nostalgia in Times Square') features a vocal from Honey Gordon.
This remastered and expanded edition of 'Mingus Dynasty' makes an excellent companion to 'Mingus Ah Um' and should appeal to anyone who loves passionate and adventurous modern jazz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 July 2014
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Essential Mingus well met again after 5o odd years.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shades of Ellington 9 Mar 2001
By M. Allen Greenbaum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Mingus was a great admirer of Duke Ellington and played in the latter's band until a notorious onstage fight with Juan Tizol. This album contains a variety of Mingus sounds, but much of the feeling is rooted in Ellington. This is especially true on "Song with Orange," "Things Ain't What They Used To Be," and, of course, "Mood Indigo."
The opener, "Slop (what a great title!)" is in the tradition of other aggressive blues/gospel inspired pieces like "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting," and "Better Git It Into Your Soul." There are some familiar Mingus motifs, but Mingus "owns" this kind of song--no one does it better.
"Diane" begins with some "classical" piano which is a little overly dramatic at times. However, three minutes into it, Roland Hanna breaks into a soft Bill-Evans like mode, with excellent brush- and cymbal-work by the always-magnificent Dannie Richmond. It's an ambitious, beautiful, piece and mostly successful. "Gunslinging Bird," (the full title, as Mingus states in the excellent liner notes, is "If Charlie Parker Were a Gunslinger There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats"), seems to play Bird as one baad dude.
"Things Ain't What They Used To Be," (written by Mercer Ellington, Duke's son) is relatively straight ahead jazz and borrows elements from Ellington and Basie. The next two numbers are also fairly straight, but are a little disappointing: Except for an intriguing middle sandwiched between a "Sketches of Spain"-like arrangement, "Far Well, Mill Valley" is less challenging than the other cuts (as is also track 7, "New Now Know How.")
The CD closes strong with 3 great tracks: "Mood Indigo," with its great, driving piano and bass playing, the short, interesting "Put Me in That Dungeon," and "Strollin,'" which features vocals by Honey Gordon (sounding wonderfully similar to Ella). This cut was not on the original LP.
Mingus uses Hanna quite extensively on the album, and his contributions are enormous. Jimmy Knepper (trombone) and Booker Ervin (tenor sax) also shine, but really the entire lineup is excellent. ("Pithecanthropus Erectus," by the way, highlights Mingus' bass playing more than does "Mingus Dynasty.") This CD shows the Mingus dynamic within a large group format, and it gets better and better with every hearing. There are the original liner notes, plus additional notes by biographer Brian Priestley, and some excellent photos of Mingus playing and relaxing. Even if you're a Mingus fan with most of his CDs, this is a worthwhile addition.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an encyclopedia of Jazz on one CD... 10 Mar 2001
By kevin horst - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First off, I really like this CD. I've been listening to jazz since I was a kid and this recording encompasses all that I enjoy in the jazz genre.
I like this set because it is full of surprises - surprises in mood, styles, tempo, keys, and even the spontaneous holler. Ming (he IS one-quarter Chinese) and his largish combos dip their toes and then dive headlong into several jazz styles including bop, straight ahead, slow 'n sultry, solos, horn combos, and even occasionally atonal.
I like this CD because I can hear Mingus play his bass!
I like playing this CD as background at my wine and cheese parties to guide novices unwittingly into all the wonderful flavors of jazz without scaring them (with hard bop) or boring them with mass market cuts. But I really like listening to it alone on Sunday afternoons when I find that each layer I peel reveals to me another to look forward to uncovering the next Sunday afternoon.
In summary, this CD is an encyclopedia, in that it opens the minds of those locked in single styles and artists, with a superb range of textures, tempos, and tunes. And better, it confirms what the jazz sophisticate already knows...when it comes to pleasant surprises and artistic execution, Ming is king.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strollin' 18 Sep 2000
By "wednightprayermeeting" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent album. The remastering by Columbia is superb, as well.
This album has a similar feel to it's more famous predecessor, AH UM, but is in no means inferior. The intensity of this music is unmatched.
Songs such as "Strollin'," the humorous "Slop," and "Song With Orange" drive along with a swagger and strut associated only with Mingus' powerful bass.
The song title of "Gunslinging Bird" was shortened from "If Charlie Parker Were A Gunslinger, There Would Be A Whole Lot Of Dead Copy Cats," at the request of Columbia Records.
"Mood Indigo" is a Duke Ellington classic. Mingus takes on this daunting piece with fervor, encouraging his brass players to wheel off tenacious solos.
A wonderful companion to AH UM, but certainly does stand on it's own ground.
Masterful.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gunslinging Mingus 1 Dec 2006
By Nikica Gilic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It is hard for me to grade the albums of the great Charles Mingus - so many of them are perfect or near perfection and this is a fine example, indeed!
I don't find it in any way lesser achievement than "Mingus Ah Um", and the only fault I can find in this collection of newly polished and restored gems is the additional number "Strollin'" (vocals in Mingus' work are often...Ah...Um...Sloppy).

I lack the words to describe the genius of this true Ellington of modern jazz and it is very hard to me to pick favorite songs - beautiful "Diane" or "Far Wells, Mills Valley", glorious "Gunslinging Bird" or brilliant versions of Ellington's numbers ("Mood Indigo", "Things Ain't what they used to be"...)...

Perfect!

p.s.
Two great ensembles Mingus plays with on this illustrious cd consist of:

A - Richard Williams (tp), Jimmy Knepper (tb), John Handy (as), Booker Ervin, Benny Golson (ts), Jerome Richardson (bs), Teddy Charles (vb), Roland Hanna (p), Dannie Richmond (dm); with Honey Gordon (vo) on "Strollin'" and Nico Bunink instead of Hanna on "New Now Know How" and "Strollin'".

B - Don Ellis (tp), J. Knepper (tb), J. Handy (as), B. Ervin (ts), R. Hanna (p), D. Richmond (dm); with Maurice Brown and Seymour Barab playin cello on "Slop" and "Put Me in That Dungeon"
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such versatility... 5 Jun 2000
By cs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
mingus' work was, as always, not standard jazz work at the time. he usually worked with larger groups and his compositions often featured backbending tempo changes and amazing interplay between the musicians. always holding onto the composer-musician role, mingus provides a set of swinging tracks, mostly including original compositions along with Duke Ellington's classic 'mood indigo.' i found this track to be the most rewarding on the album, and indeed, worth the entire album. its hard to provide a version of 'mood indigo' both lyrical and swingin, but mingus manages. also he provides an extended bass solo of transcendental virtuosity. this is a great album, and almost as accessible as, say, ah um.
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