Mingus Plays Piano
 
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Mingus Plays Piano

8 April 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Label: Compulsion
  • Copyright: (p) Compulsion
  • Total Length: 50:33
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  • ASIN: B00JLKSELC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Moontrane TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Aug 2008
Format: Audio CD
Although the bassist/composer/bandleader Charles Mingus could never be described as a piano virtuoso his playing on this overlooked 1963 solo album displays more feeling and imagination than many over-hyped contemporary jazz pianists. The piano was always important to Mingus when creating his compositions and it's fascinating to hear him alone at the piano playing seven hauntingly beautiful improvised originals plus four meditative standards.
This marvellous CD repays repeated listening and deserves a place in any Mingus collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G on 2 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
taught by art tatum. not his 1st instrument but his genius shines through. gentle, touching and powerful. a master at whatever instrument he touches.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nikica Gilic on 10 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD
...I wouldn't be telling the truth if I said I liked it as much as I liked:
- various Mingus grops (both from studios and concert halls)
- piano albums made by my favorite pianists (Th. Monk, D. Ellington, C. Basie, T. Wilson,O, Peterson...) and some other pianists I also like (B. Evans, T. Flannagan, A. Tatum, S. Price, j. Lewis, A. Jamal...).
This solo piano album is lovely, intimate, imaginative and musical, but I believe the Mingus fans will profit most from it.
And yes, it has lovely liner notes and beautiful photos (in addition to the very nice cover portrait).
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Mingus is a bass player! Mingus thinks like a bass player! Although he can clearly play the piano and uses it for composition, he has only recorded once on piano (Mingus Oh Yeah).

I have had this album for a year and find it intriguing to listen to. It is totally captivating, but lacks the fluency of a trained pianist. The album is full of hesitant moments as Mingus works his way through the improvisations. At one stage he remarks to the sound engineers that "This isn't as easy as playing at home".

Other reviewers have suggested that this is an album for devotees of Mingus and this might be the case. Someone new to Mingus, or jazz, might think that this is an amateur at work, but it is far more than that. It is a master musician struggling to express himself in a strange and uncomfortable environment. It isn't someone "fiddling around", it is someone who knows where he wants to go, but is treading carefully and cautiously in this strange landscape. I think it shows a master carefully processing ways of producing a masterpiece.

Recordings by Jimmy Yancey (e.g. At The Window) are much the same. The hesitation comes not from incompetence but from too much thought!

Certainly an album for Mingus fans. Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars upon its release. Meanies!
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