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5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate and expressionistic music from Mingus in 1957., 26 April 2013
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Jazzrook - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Clown (Audio CD)
These overlooked sessions by the great bassist/composer/bandleader Charles Mingus(1922-1979) were recorded in New York City on February 13 & March 12, 1957 with Shafi Hadi aka Curtis Porter(alto & tenor sax); Jimmy Knepper(trombone); Wade Legge(piano) & Dannie Richmond(drums).
Highlights of the 6 Mingus compositions are the classic 'Haitian Fight Song', the haunting 'Reincarnation Of A Lovebird' recorded exactly 2 years after Charlie Parker's death and 'The Clown' which is a moving story with a brilliant improvised narration by Jean Shepherd. The 2 excellent bonus tracks originally appeared om Mingus's album 'Tonight At Noon' released in June, 1964.
'The Clown' contains almost an hour of passionate and expressionistic Mingus music which deserves to be better known.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charles Mingus - The Clown, 24 Nov 2013
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Brilliant album. It becomes clear that Charles is talking about his perception of his relationship with other people. It is not unusual for a talented musician to experience a stage persona which can seem to be sometimes remote from his normal self.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jazz cool, 23 July 2014
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Flipping Brilliant Jazz album I lov the Bass solo in the haitian Fight song it is imaginative and clever as is the entire song the rest of the album is equally good thought The fight song is the best The clown has some commentary in it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's the music that counts, 10 Oct 2014
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Minimal sleeve notes as might be expected from such a cheap CD. However the music is what counts and the music here is stupendous. Personnel details etc can always be obtained from other sources anyway. Very happy with the CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Clown but no clowning around!!, 14 Nov 2009
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Mr. L. Bolton - See all my reviews
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3 Words......Haitian Fight Song! And if you like that song and this album you should also buy 'Blues & Roots' It has a similar style song called 'Moanin'........... Enjoy !
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3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last!, 4 July 2010
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Have been after this cd for ages. Wanted to buy it as a present - it was worth waiting for. Excellent!
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