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Album Review

Bassist Charles Mingus would never qualify as a virtuoso on the piano but his technique was reasonably impressive and his imagination quite brilliant. This unique solo piano CD (which was reissued in 1997) has a few standards ("Body and Soul," "Memories of You" and "I'm Getting Sentimental over You") along with some freely improvised originals, most of which are quite fascinating to hear, as if one were listening to Mingus think aloud.

Customer Reviews

A must have for Mingus fans -- insight to a twisted mind.

This is an unusual Mingus album. He just sits down at a piano and plays some songs and noodles around. But as he does it, you can hear his compositional mind working and the playing just gives you a look into how his mind works. One of my three favorite Mingus albums -- Black Saint and The Sinner Lady, Mingus Mingus Mingus, and this one. Those are my favorites.

Takes me to a place...

Strongly agree with the review below in that you can hear his mind working as he plays. This isn't polished and perfect or filled with tons of lavish flourishes and it's all the better for it. I wish I had more music like this.

my fav mingus album

all him.. true.. in his own time.. no rushed.. perfect


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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