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Bass virtuoso and composer Charles Mingus cut a singular swath across jazz by simultaneously embracing the traditions of Ellington and bebop, as well as using players like Eric Dolphy, who were part of the emerging avant-garde. One of his most swingin’, soulful, and best, the album draws inspiration from early jazz, gospel, blues, and folk music. True to form, Mingus drives each tune with a muscular sense of swing, fiery solos, and, on occasion, emotive vocal exhortation.

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Beautiful Continuum

I fully agree with the earlier commentator and the formal review presented here. This is a masterpiece. Mingus had quite a few of them. But this one is just so easy to love. Strongly recommended in this context is Mingus' album "The Clown" that was recorded two years prior to this. It features the amazing "Haitian Fight Song," which was the aesthetic backbone to this outing. So, if you are happy with the snippets, don't hesitate and purchase both albums, be it on iTunes or actual CDs (CD quality is, of course, better) , and plug in your subwoofer and enjoy an extra dimension via Mingus' penetrating bass tone.


Simply one of the most enjoyable records I've ever listened to. This album sets a mood and doesnt let go til the end. Stand outs are "Moanin", "Cryin' Blues" really all of them are good, if you like jazz in any way, get this album!


Born: April 22, 1922 in Nogales, AZ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Irascible, demanding, bullying, and probably a genius, Charles Mingus cut himself a uniquely iconoclastic path through jazz in the middle of the 20th century, creating a legacy that became universally lauded only after he was no longer around to bug people. As a bassist, he knew few peers, blessed with a powerful tone and pulsating sense of rhythm, capable of elevating the instrument into the front line of a band. But had he been just a string player, few would know his name today. Rather, he was...
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