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The Clown

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  • Audio CD (26 Aug. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hallmark
  • ASIN: B00E8K2FTW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1

  1. Haitian Fight Song 2. Blue Cee 3. Reincarnation Of A Lovebird 4. The Clown - Charles Mingus

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The original 1957 release of The Clown featured four tracks. I selected these four over two others that were more intricate because some of those guys had been saying that I didn't swing. So I made some that did. This album also has the first blues I've made on record. The four that were retained contributed to Charles second masterful album in a row, following on from Pithecanthropus Erectus of a year earlier. With improvised narration by Jean Shepherd, the stand out track is the title track, which Charles described as telling a story of a clown who tried to please people like most jazz musicians do, but whom nobody liked until he was dead. My version of the story ended with his blowing his brains out with the people laughing and finally being pleased because they thought it was part of the act. I liked the way Jean changed the ending; leaves it more up to the listener.

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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Can't believe such a good quality pressing was so cheap, really was worth every penny, a must have for the keen Mingus enthusiast
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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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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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By R. Bawden jazz fan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Mar. 2015
Format: Audio CD
My rather old copy on Atlantic has just four tracks. There seem to be other versions available.
This album dates from 1957. The band is: Mingus, Shafi Hadi (saxes), Jimmy Knepper (tmb), Wade Legge (p) and Dannie Richmond (d).
The two stand out tracks for me are the first and third: "Haitian Fight Song" and "Reincarnation Of A Lovebird". The blues "Blue Cee" doesn't really standout, and the title track "The Clown" is a well produced piece of improvisation where the "beat poet" Jean Shepherd tells the sad story of a clown who can't make the crowd laugh. In the musical accompaniment Jimmy Knepper takes the plaintive lead. It works, but is not my number one track.
An interesting album worth buying.
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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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