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5.0 out of 5 stars Mingus at His Peak Above The Underdog.
Charles Mingus's autobiography 'Beneath The Underdog' (1971) reveals much of Mingus. The music contained in this magnificent bargain 'Original Series' stands alone but helps with an understanding of Mingus's self-trials,torments and turbulence. No doubt a genius who demanded and extracted the very best from his personnel. These five CDs are testimony to a man who was his...
Published on 1 Dec. 2011 by ACB(swansea)

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2.0 out of 5 stars ... ALWAYS AS TRUE AS THIS IN THAT I ONLY LIKE 40% OF THE SONGS ON THIS PACK
MY RATINGS ARE ALWAYS AS TRUE AS THIS IN THAT I ONLY LIKE 40% OF THE SONGS ON THIS PACK. JUST NOT MY CUP OF TEA,THOUGH I CAN SEE HOW THE LATE ICONIC MINGUS WAS AND PROBABLY STILL IS REVERED AS ONE OF THE GREAT JAZZ COMPOSERS. I FOUND MORE THAN HALF OF IT DISORIENTATING MY EQUILIBRIUM SOMEWHAT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mingus at His Peak Above The Underdog., 1 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)
Charles Mingus's autobiography 'Beneath The Underdog' (1971) reveals much of Mingus. The music contained in this magnificent bargain 'Original Series' stands alone but helps with an understanding of Mingus's self-trials,torments and turbulence. No doubt a genius who demanded and extracted the very best from his personnel. These five CDs are testimony to a man who was his own man and composed, produced, played, organised the very finest, everlasting music.

PITHOCANTHROPUS ERECTUS:Jan 1956.The title number, conceived as a jazz poem of the first man to stand erect. Divided into evolutionary concepts. Introduced by Jackie McLean's beautiful alto introduction it drives through group improvisation culminating in cry of the horns suggesting the demise of modern man.'A Foggy Day' -retitled 'In San Francisco' has a delightful melody of a Gershwin reworking with sound effects. 'Profile of Jackie' is brief but is testament to the altoist with Monterose (tenor sax) and Mingus in background sparking the piece. (He later had more than a spark with McLean). As a tribute to a musician this is up with the best. 'Love Chant' is a longer more basic run out with the horns in fine fettle driven by Mingus's bass with Monterose and Waldron (piano) playing probing solos.

THE CLOWN:Feb/Mar 1957. Mingus's effort to "try and please everyone". 'Haitian Fight Song' culminates in a huge swinging drive between Jimmy Knepper on trombone and Shafi Hadi on alto. 'Blue Cee' is a dedication to Mingus's wife. It is a broody number with Mingus at his most expressive with the ever present Danny Richmond on drums. 'Reincarnation Of A Lovebird is a gorgeous honour to Charlie Parker with Hadi playing emotionally in his own style.

BLUES AND ROOTS:Feb 59. Another classic. Accused of not being able to swing Mingus riposted with this superb album. A collective exposition of gut-wrenching blues, gospel, and hand clapping church spirituals. Mingus described it as "a barrage of soul". 'Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting' has the shout and response calls with moving trombone and sax. 'Cryin'Blues' and 'Moanin' are emotionally charged with the horns of McLean, Ervin and Pepper Adams.'Mr Jelly Roll' is a tribute to the man with bepop from the saxes and Knepper in fine form on trombone. A wonderful album.

OH YEAH: Nov 61. Interesting as Mingus plays piano throughout. 'Hog Callin' Blues' is a growling number of a blues with Roland Kirk and Jimmy Knepper trading. 'Devil Woman' is a piano and vocal number for Mingus, not bad at all. Kirk is the main attraction on 'Wham Bam , Thank You Ma'am' a fairly standard piece. 'Passions Of A Man' is an odd Mingus overdubbed vocal. Typical of the man who may well have been looking within himself.

TONIGHT AT NOON:1957 & 1961. Some sessional numbers from 'The Clown'. 'Tonight at Noon' and 'Passions of A Woman Loved' feature Shafi Hadi's sharp, blues-based alto driven by Danny Richmond's drumming and the torrid fantastic Jimmy Knepper's trombone solos (another who often fell out with Mingus). 'Invisible Lady' finds Mingus on piano with Doug Watkins on bass as do 'Old Walt's Torin' and 'Peggy's Blue Skylight'. Watkins and Richmond drive Roland Kirk and Ervin on with a an interactive texture that has the everpresent Mingus guiding. Mingus demonstrates his piano expertise on 'Peggy'.

These are 5CDs of classic music by one of the greats of music of any form. Forceful, belligerent, moody. Self-searching big-time but whatever, produced immensely influential music. This compilation is a bargain and will reward listening for many a time. Well-recorded. Efficiently packaged. A bargain.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, 18 April 2012
This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five star Mingus, 11 Feb. 2013
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T. J. GANGE-HARRIS "The Tobemeister" (Taunton, England) - See all my reviews
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Whether you're new to the wonderful Charles Mingus or if you've known him all your life you cannot fail yo love this set of five classic albums by the masterful bassist, composer and band leader. Addictive to the point of obsession: you have been warned...
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5.0 out of 5 stars STEP BACK IN TIME, 29 Oct. 2012
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I HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF ONE OF THE ALBUMS IN THIS COLLECTION. IT WAS WONDERFULL TO HEAR IT AGAIN IN FULL REMASTERED CLARITY.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ... ALWAYS AS TRUE AS THIS IN THAT I ONLY LIKE 40% OF THE SONGS ON THIS PACK, 26 Oct. 2014
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MY RATINGS ARE ALWAYS AS TRUE AS THIS IN THAT I ONLY LIKE 40% OF THE SONGS ON THIS PACK. JUST NOT MY CUP OF TEA,THOUGH I CAN SEE HOW THE LATE ICONIC MINGUS WAS AND PROBABLY STILL IS REVERED AS ONE OF THE GREAT JAZZ COMPOSERS. I FOUND MORE THAN HALF OF IT DISORIENTATING MY EQUILIBRIUM SOMEWHAT.
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