- Audio CD (1 July 1996)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Rhino
- ASIN: B000002I7U
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Literally meaning 'Upright Ape-Man', when translated from its poncey Latin, the album kicks off with the brilliant title track - a 'concept song' of sorts, dealing with man's rise and evolution, from growth and happiness to complacency, arrogance and eventual downfall - hence the title. Composed in the form of a 4-part, 10 minute tone poem (but don't let that put you off), the track begins in a subdued fashion, with Mingus' pulsing 4/4 bassline augmented by the occasional filigree of horns, before slowly building to one of 4 raucous interludes, which grow progressively louder and more sinister as the piece wears on.Read more ›
This 1956 recording, more properly attributed to the Charles Mingus jazz workshop, is a masterpiece of the genre. With only 4 tracks and a runtime of only 35 minutes, it's a little short, but not a moment is wasted and the record is jam packed with music of the highest order.
We are treated to three Mingus originals, Pithecanthropus Erctus, Profile OF Jackie and Love Chant, and a cover of the Gershwin's Foggy Day. The originals are just that - original. Bursting with complex rhythms, new musical ideas and interesting juxtapositions, these sound as fresh and interesting today as they did 50 years ago. The revelation is Foggy Day, taking the familiar tune as its basis a great panoramic vision has been built around it. Close your eyes and you can almost picture yourself strolling down a fog bound Embankment.
It's not all incomprehensible high falutin' impenetrable jazz though, it's a very listenable set that will probably appeal to more than just the esoteric jazz fan.
This edition is pretty good, the sound is nice and clear and well mixed. There is an interesting booklet with the original liner notes and a good essay. This is turning out to be an excellent set of releases from Atlantic.
Highly recommended record. 5 Stars.
Mingus assembled a stellar band for this recording with altoist Jackie McLean,the underrated tenorist J.R.Monterose and pianist Mal Waldron all of whom contribute greatly to his music.
I never tire of hearing this album which I've owned since the early 60s. It still sounds remarkably contemporary despite being recorded nearly 60 years ago and is an essential CD,not only for modern jazz fans,but for anyone who appreciates passionate and adventurous music.
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Bought to fill in a hole in my CD collection. You can never get enough Charlie!Published 11 months ago by alanathens
This album takes music to a whole new level for me, Music now comes in a form that is made to sound like actual sound sfrom real life such as everyday traffic, the music itself is... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Cubby Kovu
This 1956 album by the highly influential and revolutionary jazz musician, composer and arranger Charles Mingus is generally recognised as the man's first attempts at recording... Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2013 by Keith M
This is a great Mingus album at the turning point between his more standard material and his later suite type compositions (a la Black Saint and The Sinner Lady). Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2009 by J. G. Adolpho