Thrice Upon A Theme - Charlie Mingus* - The Jazz Experiments Of Charlie Mingus (Vinyl, LP)

According to Mingus, "people thought we were crazy, and I only did it when there weren't too many around. They wanted to hear the beat all the time, but it always seemed to me that so long as you could feel the beat you didn't have to keep emphasizing it.

Moreover, you can speed it up or make it slower, as happens in Yiddish and Spanish music. Why tie yourself to the same tempo all the time? The piece features a complex, lyrical melody performed by Ted Curson and Eric Dolphy first on alto saxophone, then bass clarinet. Curson solos, followed by Mingus, then Dolphy; however all four musicians play freely throughout the piece. This recording and another performance on Mingus At Antibes are particularly famous for the musical conversation between Mingus and Dolphy on bass clarinet that takes place before the second statement of the melody.

The piece in general is based on A flat. Again, the rhythms change. There is no set beat, and yet there's an implicit rhythmic flow, up and down, throughout the work".

Explains Dannie Richmond, "Mingus and I feel each other out as we go; but always, when the time comes back into the original beat, we're both always there. The first edition of the band includes Eric Dolphy alto sax, flute, and bass clarinetpianist Jaki Byardtrumpeter Johnny Colestenor saxophonist Clifford Jordanand drummer Dannie Richmondarguably the best band that Mingus ever assembled on-stage.

The Town Hall concert originally featured just two extended works, the upbeat blues "So Long Eric," titled in honor of Dolphy 's upcoming departure from the band at the conclusion of the tour, and the moving "Praying with Eric," which on other records is known as "Meditations on Intergration" or variations of that title.

In "So Long Eric," Byard 's lively piano steals the show until Jordan takes charge with his gritty solo, followed by Mingus and Dolphy 's dissonant, squealing alto. This extended work never fails to impress in any concert version from the first half of Five unissued performances from Town Hall have been added, starting with Jaki Byard 's rollicking opener "A. Included are "Peggy's Blue Skylight" and the extended tribute to Charlie Parker"Parkeriana" which incorporates a number of the alto saxophonist's licks and snatches of songs he recorded ; though it is shorter than later European performances from the same tour, there is a fade between its two parts in the midst of Jordan 's solo, due to a tape running out in mid-performance.

Mingus ' raucous "Fables of Faubus" which brilliantly dismissed the racism of the then-Governor of Arkansas without needing lyricswraps up the concert, though it is shortened due to the imposed time limit of the venue. The April performance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam marks the last complete performance featuring the full sextet, as Coles was taken ill in Paris a few days later, collapsing on-stage and missing the remainder of the tour.

All of this music was previously issued on a limited-edition European two-record set, though part of Mingus ' solo in "Fables of Faubus" that was excised for that release has been restored. The audio is a little less clear than the Town Hall concert, with Byard 's piano not quite as prominent in spots, though the lack of time limitations make the extended versions of "Parkeriana" which features several of the members detouring into humorous quotes in their respective solos "So Long Eric," the powerful "Meditations on a Pair of Wire Cutters," and "Fables of Faubus" a joy to hear over and over, as new facets within reveal themselves.

The former also features the version of " Fables of Faubus " with lyrics, aptly titled "Original Faubus Fables". With an ambitious program, the event was plagued with troubles from its inception. The guide explained in detail how to get a cat to use a human toilet. Cathey performed a voice recording of the complete guide for Studio InMingus released The Black Saint and the Sinner Ladydescribed as "one of the greatest achievements in orchestration by any composer in jazz history.

Edmund Pollock, to provide notes for the record. Mingus also released Mingus Plays Pianoan unaccompanied album featuring some fully improvised pieces, in The group was recorded frequently during its short existence.

Dolphy stayed in Europe after the tour ended, and died suddenly in Berlin on June 28, The couple were married in by Allen Ginsberg. Mingus's pace slowed somewhat in the late s and early s. They recorded two well-received albums, Changes One and Changes Two. Mingus also played with Charles McPherson in many of his groups during this time. Cumbia and Jazz Fusion in sought to blend Colombian music the " Cumbia " of the title with more traditional jazz forms.

By the mids, Mingus was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ALS. His once formidable bass technique declined until he could no longer play the instrument. He continued composing, however, and supervised a number of recordings before his death. At the time of his death, he was working with Joni Mitchell on an album eventually titled Minguswhich included lyrics added LP) Mitchell to his compositions, including " Goodbye Pork Pie Hat ".

The album featured the talents of Wayne ShorterHerbie Hancockand another influential bassist and composer, Jaco Pastorius. Mingus died, aged 56, in CuernavacaMexicowhere he had traveled for treatment and convalescence. His ashes were scattered in the Ganges River. His compositions retained the hot and soulful feel of hard bopdrawing heavily from black gospel music and blueswhile sometimes containing elements of Third Streamfree jazzand classical music.

He once cited Duke Ellington and church as his main influences. Mingus espoused collective improvisation, similar to the old New Orleans LP) parades, paying particular attention to how each band member interacted with the group as a whole.

In creating his bands, he looked not only at the skills of the available musicians, but also their personalities. Many musicians passed through his bands and later went on to impressive careers. He recruited talented and sometimes little-known artists, whom he utilized to assemble unconventional instrumental configurations. As a performer, Mingus was a pioneer in double bass technique, widely recognized as one of the instrument's most proficient players.

Because of his brilliant writing for midsize ensembles, and his catering to and emphasizing the strengths of the LP) in his groups, Mingus is often considered the heir of Duke Ellingtonfor whom he expressed great admiration and collaborated on the record Money Jungle. Indeed, Dizzy Gillespie had once claimed Mingus reminded him "of a young Duke", citing their shared "organizational genius".

Nearly as well known as his ambitious music was Mingus's often fearsome temperament, which earned him the nickname "The Angry Man of Jazz". His refusal to compromise his musical integrity led to many onstage eruptions, exhortations to musicians, and dismissals. When confronted with a nightclub audience talking and clinking ice in their glasses while he performed, Mingus stopped his band and loudly chastised the audience, stating: " Isaac Thrice Upon A Theme - Charlie Mingus* - The Jazz Experiments Of Charlie Mingus (Vinyl doesn't have to put up with this shit.

Guitarist and singer Jackie Paris was a first-hand witness to Mingus's irascibility. Paris recalls his LP) in the Jazz Workshop: "He chased everybody off the stand except [drummer] Paul Motian and me The three of us just wailed on the blues for about an hour and a half before he called the other cats back. On October 12,Mingus punched Jimmy Knepper in the mouth while the two men were working together at Mingus's apartment on a score for his upcoming concert at The Town Hall in New York, and Knepper refused to take on more work.

Mingus's blow broke off a crowned tooth and its underlying stub. This attack temporarily ended their working relationship, and Knepper was unable to perform at the concert. Charged with assault, Mingus appeared in court in January and was given a suspended sentence.

Knepper did again work with Mingus in and played extensively with the Mingus Dynastyformed after Mingus's death in Year s indicated are for the recording snot first release, except in most cases where this was long delayed. Categories : live albums America Records live albums Charles Mingus live albums.

Hidden categories: Articles with short description Short description is different from Wikidata Articles with hAudio microformats Album articles lacking alt text for covers. Namespaces Article Talk. The album's a lot more freewheeling than other Mingus material from the time — although still a bit more compact than the Atlantic or Columbia sides — and the group's staffed with key early interpreters of Charles' vision — including John LaPorta on alto, Teo Macero on tenor and baritone, Thad Jones on trumpet, Clem DeRosa on drums, and Jackson Wiley on cello — an instrument that really helps shade in some of the darker corners of the tunes.

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McPherson shines in the brisk reading of "So Long Eric," with Byard 's distinctive piano inspiring his flights. A long medley of standards leading in Mingus ' "Old Portrait" is followed by "Cocktails for Two," which the bassist sometimes played when he thought audiences weren't paying attention. The remaining six songs from this concert are all previously issued. The furious bop vehicle "Copa City Titty O.

Mingus narrates "A Lonely Day in Selma, Alabama" to mark the violence that civil rights marchers experienced from the police during a protest there, with an ominous musical background, eventually segueing midway to "Freedom," another of his spoken pieces. Mingus was a capable pianist and also takes a brief solo feature following "Peggy's Blue Skylight. The finale of the Guthrie Theatre concert is Mingus ' "Timeless Blues," in which Mingus has a vocal-like instrumental exchange with Hillyer 's muted trumpet before the rest of the band joins in for a more traditional blues.

Mosaic box sets have long set the standard for packaging and this volume is no exception. It includes Brian Priestley 's detailed, incisive liner notes, numerous period photographs, and a history of Mingus ' mail-order record business by his widow Sue. Initially intended to be six CDs, production was halted when some missing tapes were discovered, requiring additional notes, documentation, and a seventh disc, something most record companies wouldn't have done due to the added expenses.

This limited-edition set should be considered an essential purchase for fans of Charles Mingus. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. ISBN Beneath the Underdog autobiography. Jaki Byard. Year s indicated are for the recording snot first release, except in most cases where this was long delayed. Categories : live albums America Records live albums Charles Mingus live albums.

The album's a lot more freewheeling than other Mingus material from the time — although still a bit more compact than Thrice Upon A Theme - Charlie Mingus* - The Jazz Experiments Of Charlie Mingus (Vinyl Atlantic or Columbia sides — and the group's staffed with key early interpreters of Charles' vision — including John LaPorta on alto, Teo Macero on tenor and baritone, Thad Jones on trumpet, Clem DeRosa on drums, and Jackson Wiley on cello — an instrument that really helps shade in some of the darker corners of the tunes.

More Bethlehem Album Collection Albums. Acquire, please legitimate discs, which no doubt will adorn your collection! Many musicians passed through his bands and later went on to impressive careers. He recruited talented and sometimes little-known artists, whom he utilized to assemble unconventional instrumental configurations. As a performer, Mingus was a pioneer in double bass technique, widely recognized as one of the instrument's most proficient players.

Because of his brilliant writing for midsize ensembles, and his catering to and emphasizing the strengths of the musicians in his groups, Mingus is often considered the heir of Duke Ellingtonfor whom he expressed great admiration and collaborated on the record Money Jungle. Indeed, Dizzy Gillespie had once claimed Mingus reminded him "of a young Duke", citing their shared "organizational genius".

Nearly as well known as his ambitious music was Mingus's often fearsome temperament, which earned him the nickname "The Angry Man of Jazz". His refusal to compromise his musical integrity led to many onstage eruptions, exhortations to musicians, and dismissals.

When confronted with a nightclub audience talking and clinking ice in their glasses while he performed, Mingus stopped his band and loudly chastised the audience, stating: " Isaac Stern doesn't have to put up with this shit. Guitarist and singer Jackie Paris was a first-hand witness to Mingus's irascibility. Paris recalls his time in the Jazz Workshop: "He chased everybody off the stand except [drummer] Paul Motian and me The three of us just wailed on the blues for about an hour and a half before he called the other cats back.

On October 12,Mingus punched Jimmy Knepper in the mouth while the two men were working together at Mingus's apartment on a score for his upcoming concert at The Town Hall in New York, and Knepper refused to take on more work.

Mingus's blow broke off a crowned tooth and its underlying stub. This attack temporarily ended their working relationship, and Knepper was unable to perform at the concert.

Charged with assault, Mingus appeared in court in January and was given a suspended sentence. Knepper did again work with Mingus in and played extensively with the Mingus Dynastyformed after Mingus's death in In addition to bouts of ill temper, Mingus was prone to clinical depression and tended to have brief periods of extreme creative activity intermixed with fairly long stretches of greatly decreased output, such as the five-year period following the death of Eric Dolphy.

The film also features Mingus performing in clubs and in the apartment, firing a. Elvis Costello has written lyrics for a few Mingus pieces. Epitaph is considered one of Charles Mingus's masterpieces. The composition is 4, measures long, requires two hours to perform, and is one of the longest jazz pieces ever written.

Epitaph was only completely discovered, by musicologist Andrew Homzy, during the cataloging process after Mingus's death.

With the help of a grant from the Ford Foundationthe score and instrumental parts were copied, and the piece itself was premiered by a piece orchestra, conducted by Gunther Schuller. It was performed again at several concerts in Thrice Upon A Theme - Charlie Mingus* - The Jazz Experiments Of Charlie Mingus (Vinyl Hal LP) published the complete score in Mingus wrote the sprawling, exaggerated, quasi-autobiography, Beneath the Underdog: His World as Composed by Mingus[7] throughout the s, and it was published in Its " stream of consciousness " style covered several aspects of his life that had previously been off-record.

In addition to his musical and intellectual proliferation, Mingus goes into great detail about his perhaps overstated sexual exploits. He claims to have had more than 31 affairs in the course of his life including 26 prostitutes in one sitting. This does not include any of his five wives he claims to have been married to two of them simultaneously.

In addition, he asserts that he held a brief career as a pimp. This has never been confirmed. Mingus's autobiography also serves as an insight into his Thrice Upon A Theme - Charlie Mingus* - The Jazz Experiments Of Charlie Mingus (Vinyl, as well as his attitudes about race and society.

The work of Charles Mingus has also received attention in academia. According to Ashon Crawley, the musicianship of Charles Mingus provides a salient example of the power of music to unsettle the dualistic, categorical distinction of sacred from profane through otherwise epistemologies.

Mingus recognized the importance and impact of Thrice Upon A Theme - Charlie Mingus* - The Jazz Experiments Of Charlie Mingus (Vinyl midweek gathering of black folks at the Holiness-Pentecostal Church at 79th and Watts in Los Angeles that he would attend with his stepmother or his friend Britt Woodman. Crawley goes on to argue that these visits were the impetus for the song "Wednesday Prayer Meeting".

Emphasis is placed on the ethical demand of the prayer meeting felt and experienced that, according to Crawley, Mingus attempts to capture. By exploring Mingus's homage to black Pentecostal aesthetics, Crawley expounds on how Mingus figured out that those Holiness-Pentecostal gatherings were the constant repetition of the ongoing, deep, intense mode of study, a kind of study wherein the aesthetic forms created could not be severed from the intellectual practice because they were one and also, but not, the same.

Ina grant from the National Endowment for the Arts [38] made possible the cataloging of Mingus compositions, which were then donated to the Music Division of the New York Public Library [39] for public use. InThe Library of Congress acquired Mingus's collected papers—including scores, sound recordings, correspondence and photos—in what they described as "the most important acquisition of a manuscript collection relating to jazz in the Library's history".

Considering the number of compositions that Charles Mingus wrote, his works have not been recorded as often as comparable jazz composers. The only Mingus tribute albums recorded during his lifetime were baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams 's album, Pepper Adams Plays the Compositions of Charlie Mingusinand Joni Mitchell 's album Mingusin Joni Mitchell sang a version with lyrics that she wrote for it.

One of the most elaborate tributes to Mingus came on September 29,at a festival honoring him. Charles Mingus was among hundreds of artists whose material was destroyed in the Universal fire. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Charlie Mingus. American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader. Performance for the U. Musician composer bandleader. Musical artist.

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  2. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of "Jazz Experiment" on Discogs.

  3. Recorded in New York, December Thad Jones courtesy Debut Records. Back cover tracklist lists side A as Side B and visa-versa compared to the labels and what is on the record. Back cover lists "What Is This Thing Called Love" as appearing where "Trigoly Pogo (Trilogy)" appears on the label.

  4. Aug 19,  · Reissue. Features the latest remastering. Includes a Japanese description, lyrics. Features original cover artwork. A pivotal album in the career of Charles Mingus – one that really has him honing his sound, and reaching for that trademark mix of modernism and raw emotion that set a whole.

  5. Charles Mingus - The Jazz Experiments of Charles Mingus. $ In Stock. Description. Specifications. Reviews. CD reissue. Originally released on two 10" records called Jazzical Moods, The Jazz Experiments of Charles Mingus makes its first appearance in CD. These Period Records sessions include the work of Thad Jones on trumpet and.

  6. Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus is an album by the jazz double bassist and composer Charles Mingus, recorded in October and released in December of the same year. The quartet of Mingus, multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy, trumpeter Ted Curson, and drummer Dannie Richmond constituted Mingus' core working band at the time, and had been performing the .

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