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A modern jazz masterpiece from Charles Mingus in 1956.,
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This is a ground-breaking modern jazz classic by the great bassist/composer Charles Mingus(1922-79) to rank alongside Miles Davis' 'Kind of Blue' and John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme'. The title-track is a haunting and frenetic piece which is a musical description of the rise and fall of man. 'A Foggy Day'(for a smog-bound San Francisco) is atmospheric and full of instrumental sound-effects all of which are musically justified.
Mingus assembled a stellar band for this recording with altoist Jackie McLean,the underrated tenorist J.R.Monterose and pianist Mal Waldron all of whom contribute greatly to his music.
I never tire of hearing this album which I've owned since the early 60s. It still sounds remarkably contemporary despite being recorded nearly 60 years ago and is an essential CD,not only for modern jazz fans,but for anyone who appreciates passionate and adventurous music.