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Posted on April 22, 2022 at 18:07:05
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100th anniversary of his birth today. NPR had a segment on him (I missed it) which can be found on the internet. For those who wish to celebrate I strongly recommend listening to "Mingus Sextet with Eric Dolphy". It might not be his best recording but it definitely captures his essence.



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RE: Charles Mingus, posted on April 23, 2022 at 10:01:36
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I suppose my favorite Mingus records are 'Changes 1' and 'Changes 2' because this is the music he played when I saw him live many times at the Jazz workshop in Boston.

However, that said, I really like the live albums by Mingus because they give an accurate portrayal of what it was like to experience a Mingus concert. 'Europe 1 and 2' are excellent and I particularly like 'Mingus at Antibes' because it is easy to hear Mingus himself on the right side in the mix, if I remember correctly. Listen for him giving a running "commentary" on the music: encouraging or chastising the soloists, vocalizing to the music, and generally having a good time.

Mingus was always a huge presence on the concert stage. There would be a general expectant chatter from the audience as the musicians took up their places on the stage and tuned up their instruments, but when Mingus walked out, the room would go silent, the waitresses would take up their positions on the rear wall and the cash register bell would cease to ring. The entire room was waiting in excited anticipation of the opening bass line.

 

Thanks... Charles Mingus has been a legend my entire existence..., posted on April 23, 2022 at 14:28:11
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hard to wrap my head around him only being 100 and
me now being seven years older than him when he departed
these premises.

Never had the chance to see him live but have spent enough
time listening to his recordings to know none of them are bad
and most of them are spectacular.

"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination"-Michael McClure



 

RE: Thanks... Charles Mingus has been a legend my entire existence..., posted on April 24, 2022 at 12:12:31
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Yes. Black Saint and The Sinner Lady will get a spin this week.

 

RE: Thanks... Charles Mingus has been a legend my entire existence..., posted on April 25, 2022 at 20:52:45
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Listening to Black Saint!!!

 

My old teacher Charlie Mariano sounds fantastic on that IMO. nt, posted on April 26, 2022 at 12:36:09
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RE: My old teacher Charlie Mariano sounds fantastic on that IMO. nt, posted on April 26, 2022 at 14:17:29
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Indeed!!

 

RE: Charles Mingus, posted on April 26, 2022 at 20:29:56
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Listening to a 2 hour radio show in honor of Mingus' birthday--right now.

 

RE: My old teacher Charlie Mariano sounds fantastic on that IMO. nt, posted on April 28, 2022 at 10:44:16
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Charlie was my first Idol.
I listened to A Jazz Portrait of C.M. the other day.
I recently heard Chris Potter and Scott Robinson At Live Concerts.
They are fine, even great players.
But I Love Charlie's playing.
The Artistry he displayed was wonderful!

 

RE: Charles Mingus, posted on May 4, 2022 at 21:46:17
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Pick up- The Lost Album "Live at Ronnie Scott's"

 

RE: Charles Mingus, posted on May 15, 2022 at 08:33:38
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I'm very new to Jazz. I've tried 5 Charles Mingus titles and knew I was going to enjoy the listening experience within just a few seconds of the needle drop.

 

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