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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Value Mingus, 21 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Complete Recordings: 1957 - 1960 (MP3 Download)
For just a little over 6£ you get 9 great albums from Mingus who is one of the most important, interesting and enjoyable talents in Jazz at the dizzying height of his powers as a bassist, as a band leader and as a composer.

You do not get art work, album break downs etc. I was not able to identify which album the first few tracks come from but for the rest

Tracks 7-10 The Clown - This is one of my very favorite Mingus albums - it features Haitian Fight Song which i just love and the rest of the album is just incredible. The fourth track features a vocal narration that was I think part improvised - it makes for a very enjoyable listen although I sometimes dont want to play it with the other tracks on the album, but seperately instead

11-17 Mingus Three - an enjoyable album well worth owning and listening to although not one of my favorites.

18-23 East Coasting - Less well known and less far out than other Mingus albums - It makes very enjoyable listening and a good contrast with his more boundary pushing efforts.

24-28 A Modern Jazz Symposium of Music and Poetry /Scenes in the City - Not played this album much but glad to have it.

29-37 - Ah Um - quite possibly his best and my favorite of his albums. This is the best single entry point into his music - sublime

38-41 Mingus in Wonderland - a solid live album

42-61 Harlem in Vogue - the poetry and jazz of Langston Hughes - An unusual inclusion in which Mingus devised backing jazz to compliment Hughes Reading some of his poems. Poetry and music is a very effective mix and Mingus' music effectively compliments the readings. I love Hughes poems but to really love this album you probably need to be a fan of both Mingus and Hughes or at least enjoy experimentation's with jazz and spoken poetry. I am very glad they included this as otherwise I would not have come across it but some people will want to skip these tracks.

62-68 Blues and Roots - It was listening to Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting that got me first listening to Charles Mingus - one of my single favorite tracks of any style of music and the rest of the album is right up there - an album full of swing, energy and invention.

Great value and fits well with the other two volumes in the series.
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Initial post: 8 Dec 2014 07:08:30 GMT
Not surprised you weren't able to trace the first six tracks - they're not from a Mingus album! They come from a 1957 Atlantic album by Teddy Charles called Word from Bird. Mingus plays bass on four of these tracks but not on Word for Bird or Show Time, which were recorded at an earlier session. The four tracks that Mingus does play on were also included on the 2005 Atlantic Mingus compilation Passions of a Man.
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