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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
Mingus Ah Um
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on 15 July 2017
OK, it had some competition in 1959, but this holds its own. Some crackers in here.
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on 27 September 2017
Interesting and important jazz album
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on 5 July 2017
What can go wrong with Mingus,
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on 1 May 2017
Love it Love it Love it
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on 23 March 2017
Great classic album.With oh-yeah and black saint , the best of Mingus.Very good delivery service.
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on 26 January 2015
All the tracks you would want
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on 9 August 2017
Arrived 8/8
In perfect condition
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on 13 June 2017
Fantastic. Speedy delivery.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 10 June 2016
The great bassist/composer/bandleader Charles Mingus(1922-79) recorded his debut for COLUMBIA on 5 & 12 May, 1959 with John Handy(tenor sax, alto sax, clarinet); Booker Ervin(tenor sax); Shafi Hadi(tenor sax, alto sax); Willie Dennis, Jimmy Knepper(trombone); Horace Parlan(piano) & Dannie Richmond(drums).
The nine memorable tracks include impressive tributes to Duke Ellington('Open Letter To Duke'), Jelly Roll Morton('Jelly Roll'), Charlie Parker('Bird Calls') & Lester Young('Goodbye Pork Pie Hat') who had died a couple of months before this recording.
Other highlights are 'Fables of Faubus' directed at the racist governor of Arkansas and the gospel-influenced 'Better Get It In Your Soul'.
The music on this vinyl issue of 'Mingus Ah Um' is full of life, passion, intensity and humour and is one of the absolute classics of modern jazz.
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on 25 July 2004
In a era that produced such original composers as Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols , Mingus' approach to composition always seemed more organic and embedded deeper within the roots of jazz than these contemporaries. (Nichols, in particular, had the musical knowledge to look outside of jazz for inspiration.) This is largely compensated by the sheer physical emotion of the music that largely consisted of material based upon the blues. The impact of Mingus is immediate and passionate. On top of this, he was influenced by the music of Duke Ellington and was a great believer in the need for sudden shifts in tempo and mood with which to colour his music. This approach probably reached it's zenith in "Mingus Ah Um" where his group deliever the definative performances of some of his most celebrated tunes.
From the opening gospel inspired number in 6/8 time through to the loving dixieland pastiche dedicated to a certain Mr. Jelly Roll Morton at the end, this is gripping stuff. The music ranges from exciting bebop such as "Boogie Stop Shuffle" through to "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", a threnody to Lester Young.
This is not only an essential purchase for fans of the bassist, but should be in every jazz collection. The whole performance is driven along by the great Dannie Richmond on drums and the energy he provides merits this purchase alone. A true jazz classic.
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