This package represents astonishing value for money. Mingus is arguably the most significant jazz composer next to Duke Ellington. Mingus earliest gigs were with old school acts like Lionel Hampton and Tal Farlow but his career is defined not by his prowess as a sideman, impressive though that was, but by his innovations in the art of jazz composition. Presented here we have five of his strongest cds, each containing tracks that are 'must haves' and which cross the many sub-genres of jazz. Mingus didn't play swing, free or bop; Mingus played Mingus. Don't dismiss this as one of those bargain basement sets consisting of early tapes that were recorded before he was really famous or had properly developed. These cds are chock full of the real deal and would be a monstrously good introduction to the work of one of the music's greatest composers.