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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
This is a classic by Mingus, and it sounds much much better than amazon's sound samples are able to convey.
"For Harry Carney" is a favourite of mine, with its very catchy and steady, but mellow, baseline.
"Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Silk Blue" starts out sensible (didn't I hear some of this in the soundtrack for "Taxi Driver"?), but then Mingus...
Published on 28 Dec. 2004 by Some Guy

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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don Pullen in full flow
A bit of a mixed bag to be honest.
The highlight for me is some great soloing from the eclectic Don Pullen who switches from bop piano to avant-garde with startling regularity. Danny Richmond is there to drive the band forward and Jack Walruth and George Adams solo well.
All the tracks are top draw, if complex, Mingus compositions but I just hate Duke...
Published on 20 July 2001 by frank_brookes


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 28 Dec. 2004
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Some Guy (Oslo, Norway) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Changes Two (Audio CD)
This is a classic by Mingus, and it sounds much much better than amazon's sound samples are able to convey.
"For Harry Carney" is a favourite of mine, with its very catchy and steady, but mellow, baseline.
"Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Silk Blue" starts out sensible (didn't I hear some of this in the soundtrack for "Taxi Driver"?), but then Mingus whips the orchestra into some insanely fast action which they quite amazingly pull off. This is a kind of lazy melody, and I've seen a concert with Mingus in Oslo (1960) where it just isn't working out, and Mingus just cuts it in the middle and shouts the name for some other tune. But in this recording it works well.
"Free Cell Block F, 'Tis Nazi U.S.A." and "Black Bats And Poles" are also very well worth listening to.
This whole cd is like an amazing jam session, and you can really get into the groove. With one exception, which is the tribute to Duke Ellington. This cut too has its charm, but I can see why another reviewer here did not like it. It's a downbeat and simple ballad type-thing, it would certainly work as background music in a romantic restaurant, perhaps in a romatic scene in some mainstream movie, and it does sound a bit older and much less thrilling than the rest of the tracks. It does have its qualities however, and I think it would be a gross overreaction to subtract two stars from the overall rating of the cd just because that track isn't up the same alley as the rest of the tracks.
This is overall a very good album, and one I've listened to again and again. Great jam session over Mingus compositions, plain and simple.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding musicianship throughout., 15 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Changes Two (Audio CD)
How this album has escaped my attention for forty years I don't know, but having discovered it and the other album recorded at the same time (Changes One) I am "gobsmacked". These two albums are very different from Mingus' music fifteen years earlier (e.g. "Ah Um" or "Charles Mingus presents Charles Mingus"), in some ways at first hearing rather "conventional", a word that is seldom applied to Mingus' music, but upon deeper listening one finds extra depth to the music. The highlight track is the long (17 min) track "Orange was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Silk Blue" recorded at Mingus' insistence in one take. Almost a multi-layered tone poem, with varying tempos, themes etc. The five musicians, George Adams, Jack Walrath, Don Pullen and Dannie Richmond and Mingus play as a unit. There is a shortened vocal version of "Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love" (vocalist Jackie Paris) but I prefer the longer instrumental version on the other disc.
Throughout Don Pullen really stands out as a pianist extraordinaire....but then everyone has their standout moments. A marvellous album.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don Pullen in full flow, 20 July 2001
This review is from: Changes Two (Audio CD)
A bit of a mixed bag to be honest.
The highlight for me is some great soloing from the eclectic Don Pullen who switches from bop piano to avant-garde with startling regularity. Danny Richmond is there to drive the band forward and Jack Walruth and George Adams solo well.
All the tracks are top draw, if complex, Mingus compositions but I just hate Duke Ellington's Song of Love which is too close to parady and sounds 20 years older than the other tracks.
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