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Pithecanthropus Erectus

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  • 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)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,943 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1956 is, by most accounts, an overlooked year for Jazz, both as genre and cultural phenomenon. The previous year had seen the untimely death of legendary saxophonist and resident jazz superstar Charlie Parker, and many players were beginning to tire of the rapid, complex changes of the be-bop style that was prevalent in the early 50s. Conversely, the second golden age of Jazz had yet to be ushered in by the Davis/Coltrane/Coleman triptych, whose convention-smashing classics (Kind of Blue, Giant Steps and The Shape of Jazz to Come respectively) wouldn't come out until 1959 - It would seem, musically, that the genre was 'stuck between stations', so to speak. Despite this, the year played host to at least three stone-cold classics: Sonny Rollins' Saxophone Colossus, Thelonious Monk's Brilliant Corners, and of course the subject of this review, Pithecanthropus Erectus, perhaps the greatest of the three.

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.
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Charles Mingus. Double bass player. Composer. Vocalist. All round freeform jazz guru. Famous for pushing the boundaries of experimental jazz and encouraging others to follow, he is a major figure in the music of the twentieth century. Of especial interest is his pioneering of the use of dissonance to make great sounding music- a seeming contradiction, but it all works out very nicely.

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.
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This is a ground-breaking modern jazz classic by the great bassist/composer Charles Mingus(1922-79) to rank alongside Miles Davis' 'Kind of Blue' and John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme'. The title-track is a haunting and frenetic piece which is a musical description of the rise and fall of man. 'A Foggy Day'(for a smog-bound San Francisco) is atmospheric and full of instrumental sound-effects all of which are musically justified.
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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By 77 on 15 Oct. 2007
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I always feel the need to start any jazz review with a disclaimer, something along the lines of "I don't know a lot about jazz but...". I'm resisting the temptation with this one though, as the pure invention and passion present in this album makes me feel like a seasoned pro. Back when my MP3 player was still working, 'Love Chant' was always the track I reached for. It's perfect walking music, something that makes even the most mundane of surroundings seem like I'm in an obscure French film, sipping coffee and chatting about nonsense. Actually, come to think of it, all of the album has that kind of atmosphere to it; from the incredible story played out in the title track, to the car horns 'n' all New York street level chaos of 'A Foggy Day'. I have no reservations in proclaiming Pithecanthropus Erectus as the first jazz album I feel I fully "get", and it still fills me with awe every time I listen to it. Respect.
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