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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Bow To Mingus., 4 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Impulse 2-on-1: The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady / Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus (Audio CD)
The 2-on-1 much-appreciated Impulse reissues provides us with two magnificent Mingus albums at a bargain price. The music is marvellous. Reviewing these sets is, as Mingus says, "I wrote the music for dancing and listening". This is from the liner notes of 'The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady', followed by, as for reviewing the music ," I'll Leave that to----Doctor Pollock", (Mingus's clinical psychologist.)

'The Black Saint and Sinner Lady' is a formidable record. Regarded by many as a masterpiece. Released in 1963. A musical venture into jazz concerto. Organised, scripted yet sounding improvised in passages. A tribute to Ellington's influence ,but this is Mingus. A six part suite. Inspired by blues and gospel influences that burst through the ensemble work. A word for Charles Mariano on alto. His contribution speaks the thoughts of Mingus. Emotional and exciting (Modes DEF)especially. Jay Berliner's Spanish guitar solo (written by Mingus) is superb. There are other solo moments, not least the leader on piano tinkering with Jaki Byard, but from Rolf Ericson and Richard Williams on trumpets, and Jerome Richardson on soprano. Driven by Danny Richmond's drumming. An emotionally charged brilliant record in superb sound. Essential.

'Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus': From the above 1963 session plus. Starting with a stormy blues opener 'II B S' with an oblique title, it is a fast rendering of 'Haitian Love Song' featuring strong performances from Jaki Byard (p),Dolphy and Booker Ervin (ts) furiously chasing each other. 'Celia' (a former wife of Mingus) and 'I X Love' are features for the underacclaimed Charles Mariano on alto sax playing with great sensitivity. 'Mood Indigo' contains a thoughtful bass solo. 'Theme For Lester Young' is a working of 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat' again with the sensitivity of Ervin and Dolphy. 'Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul' is, according to the notes, of 'no religious significance'. Played at a faster tempo than on 'Ah Um', the spontaneity of the ensemble work is there with hectic group improvisations.. 'Hora decubitus' ('At Bedtime') was Mingus's wish to swing. With soloists of the calibre of Ervin, Dolphy, Williams this produces a forceful improvisional piece of ensemble. Jaki Byard is glorious throughout.
A brilliant Impulse pairing of Mingus in a larger group setting. The ensemble work shows off the organisational skills of Mingus but allows for the individualities of the star members to shine through. Thoroughly recommended. More to come, hopefully.
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Initial post: 8 Mar 2012 02:51:56 GMT
Fine words - thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2012 20:49:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Mar 2012 20:50:37 GMT
ACB(swansea) says:
Thank you for your fine words!
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