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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 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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on 14 July 2016
Many reviewers wrote about this important album of one of the most legendary jazzman. It is indeed amazing. The following lines refer only to this recent vinyl release. I have to say: the sound is excellent, if not some annoying popping and (few) crackling that did not disappear even I cleaned and re-cleaned the record. Well, not a problem if the sound is quite good. Too good, however! What master was used? Did the manufacturer have access at the original tapes from Columbia? I doubt. Was the original remastered? When? No mention on the cover... Maybe the LP was produced using some cds, in which case it is a real tickery. Even for the picture of Fujita, used on the cover, there is no mention regarding the copyright as usual. The back cover offers a comprehensive text, but no timing for the songs. Another reason to say that DOL - the Russian manufacturer of this vinyl - is not quite I can call a profesional editor. But who cares? This LP is available on (European) Amazon and any jazz fan can enjoy it, be it a fake or not.

The so-called Frustration-Free Packaging proved not to be enough sturdy when handed by a careless carrier like Asendia and its Romanian partner. The parcel arrived damaged, and the cover of the LP with an unaesthetic corner bent. This is not the first time when a parcel delivered through Asendia came damaged. The good new is that Amazon Customer Service proved to be very kind and offered me a refund. Finally, I was happy with this LP, despite the deficiencies mentioned above.
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