Thursday, August 16, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Charles Mingus
Album:Mingus Ah Um
Legendary bass player Charles Mingus was one of the most talented yet enigmatic figures in jazz history. On one hand, his music reflected his upbringing in the racial jungle in the Watts area of Los Angeles. On the other hand, his music also reflected a deep respect for the black church and his idol Duke Ellington. In the mid 50s, Mingus had formed his Jazz Workshop collective and signed a recording contract with Columbia. Mingus Ah Um was his Columbia debut in 1959. It's probably a good starting point for beginners as it's more accessible but still satisfying for jazz fans. Musicians are John Handy, Shafi Hadi & Booker Ervin on sax, Jimmy Knepper & Willie Dennis on trombone, Horace Parlan on piano and Dannie Richmond on drums. Columbia released a remastered version on CD in 1999 with three bonus tracks and four tracks issued in unedited form for the first time. Of course there's a lot more to Charles Mingus' music but this is a good place to start. Here's Charles Mingus performing I'll Remember April July 1960.