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Mingus Dynasty

By: Charles Mingus

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Charles Mingus Artist Snapshot:

Charles Mingus poured the full weight of his experience into everything he played. He was a powerful virtuoso on bass, and as a composer he drew on the whole history of jazz to produce works of trenchant beauty. Above all, he was an artist whose uncompromising spirit invited both controversy and adulation. In the '40s and '50s he worked as bassist for everyone from Kid Ory and Louis Armstrong to Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk. Mingus began recording as a leader in the early '50s, and by the end of the decade he was at the peak of his powers as bandleader, arranger, and composer. He incorporated the influence of gospel, blues, and European classical composers into a big-band jazz format, crafting an innovative, completely unique sound. Mingus died of Lou Gehrig's Disease in 1978, but his mark on subsequent musical generations is indelible.

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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 02/16/1999
Genre: JAZZ

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Like its companions in the button-bursting Complete Columbia Recordings three-CD set, Mingus Dynasty has some expanded pleasures. First, there''s the band, which reaches to 10 members for half the tunes here. Second, there''s the reissue''s unique expansions, returning "Slop," "Song with Orange," "Gunslinging Bird," and "Things Ain''t What They Used to Be" to their full, unedited length for the first time on CD. Columbia had a bad rep for some of the original edits on this and Mingus Ah Um, and the restorations give a far fleshier feel to these works, all of them balanced on a seesaw of flesh and brawn. There are downright lovely moments, as on "Diane," and moderately punching swingers, as on "Slop" and the undertow pull of "Gunslinging Bird." Jerome Richardson does wonders on the baritone sax, tugging the ear to the lower realms so Mingus can thumpily shine on his big axe. Of equal importance are John Handy, busy here training his alto sax to sound unlike anyone else''s, and Booker Ervin, busy here giving the band a Texas tenor sound as wide open, unequivocal, and tonally economical as the dusty prairie. --Andrew Bartlett

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