- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,508 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Minimal sleeve notes as might be expected from such a cheap CD. However the music is what counts and the music here is stupendous. Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2014 by Mr. I. Mitchell
Have been after this cd for ages. Wanted to buy it as a present - it was worth waiting for. Excellent!Published on 4 July 2010 by mousy