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Three Or Four Shades of Blue [Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, Import]

Charles Mingus Audio CD

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good find 3 Sep 2007
By Anthony Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Charles Mingus didn't spend his later years playing the same songs in the same ways, so it's a treat to find and pick up Mingus CD's from the 70's. This double CD is a great value and the music is pretty good. "Three Or Four Shades Of Blue" is the blues album. It starts off with a revisit of two classic Mingus songs. "Better Git Hit in Your Soul" is almost a blues band take on the song - Philip Catherine and Larry Coryell bring the song into the rock era. It's not better than the version on "Ah Um", but it's a worthy alternative. "Goodbye, Pork Pie Hat" isn't as good, it sounds like a rehashing instead of a recasting. "Noddin Ya Head Blues" is a plodding song which I don't like. "Three or Four Shades of Blues" and "Nobody Knows" are both very good. The melodies are catchy and they have the patented Mingus spark. John Scofield plays on both. The bass on "Nobody Knows" is excellent, Ron Carter and Mingus play bass on that song. George Mraz plays bass with Mingus on three of the songs. I don't how Mingus did it with the extra bassists, whether he doubled lines or let Mraz and Carter step up in parts. If "Three Or Four Shades Of Blue" came as a single CD, I'd give it four stars, mostly due to the brilliance of the last two songs.

"Cumbia & Jazz Fusion" is two long songs, "Cumbia and Jazz Fusion" and "Music for "Todo Modo"". "Cumbia" has Mingus' band augmented with a number of percussionists. It's a good song, though perhaps loose in spots. "Music for "Todo Modo"" has a combined American-Italian band. The melodies and playing on it are much less compelling. There are some spots where the music doesn't seem to make much sense. If "Cumbia & Jazz Fusion" came as a single CD, I'd give it three stars.

Together, and at a value price, this is a solid 4-star CD set, everyone with an interest in Mingus should get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like fire, like air, the real music always make you free. 7 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Listen this record made me a great shock. It has all that the real music wants to be. Movement, Feeling, Freedom and the conception of a music master. You have the oportunity to listen a masterpiece.
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this! 6 Mar 2014
By groover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have almost everything available by Mingus and had passed on this because I didn't think I needed yet more versions of some of his classics by what seems like an unlikely crew in tow. How wrong I was!!!! Mingus is apparently playing with a mic on his bass and you can easily hear what a monster he is, how sublime he can be, and it is totally thrilling. Coryell and Catherine have their flurry of notes thing going but it does not come off as showing off or dull fusion riffing. They - and the rest of the band- sound as if they were meant to be, really listening and bringing something wonderfully new to Mingus music. Indeed it sounds fresh and intriguing. Not a moment strikes me as filler or a side project - though "Noddin Ya Head Blues" is a pretty standard blues vamp to showcase the band in a series of solos. This is not 1964 with deeply political and social issues running through the compositions. These compositions are less complexly arranged and played. Yet, the guys were in it to win it and deliver 5 knockouts. Yet again, Mingus proves to be a visionary leader whos three or four shades of blues is total exhilatration!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different seasonings 7 Nov 2008
By IRate - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Fabulously fused, go-for-broke Jazz jamming led of course, by Mingus's amazing bass-work and undeniable compositional prowess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A musical excursion into the soaring jazz of Charles Mingus 30 July 2008
By William J. Chambers - Published on Amazon.com
I have owned this CD for at least twelve years and know every note. It can be a little rough around the edges at certain points of the recording, but the musicianship and sheer movement of Mingus's bass lines display the essence of bop jazz.
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