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Changes Two

Charles Mingus

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Album Review

Along with its companion volume Changes One, this is one of the great sessions from one of the best working bands of the 1970s. Starting with the spirited "Free Cell Block F, 'Tis Nazi U.S.A," this volume also includes the vocal version of "Duke Ellington's Sound of Love" with guest singer (and acquired taste) Jackie Paris, a remake of the classic Mingus composition "Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Silk Blue," Jack Walrath's "Black Bats and Poles," and Sy Johnson's "For Harry Carney." The challenging repertoire from these December 1974 dates sustained the Jazz Workshop for several years; these are the definitive performances. Rhino's reissue duplicates the original LP down to the layout.

Customer Reviews

A great Mingus outing

In this recording Mingus is accompanied by Don Pullen on piano, Dannie Richmond on drums, George Adams on tenor sax and Jack Walrath on trumpet. This music is a great example of Mingus's ensemble stype recordings. Recorded late in is career, Mingus had a knack for bringing out the best in his players. Many on the tunes are loosely constructed and the band is clearly improvising on the fly. The song "Orange was the color of her dress, then silk blue" is simply superb. George Adams turns in a solo for the ages with some climatic moments of real brilliance. Recorded in 1974 this music is still fresh and will leave the listener smiling.

Biography

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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