Take one look at the ratings for the albums listed below and you can probably guess that I’m a little biased. Charles Mingus is my favorite jazz musician of all time, with good reason. One listen to his music and you’ll be hooked too.
- Jazz at Massey Hall (1953, with The Quintet) A
- The Jazz Experiments of Charlie Mingus (1955) B+
- Charlie, not Charles; experiments, not paramounts. And just like Mr. Mingus, I’m making it up as I go.
- Pithecanthropus Erectus (1956) A+
- The Clown (1957) A
- East Coasting (1957) B+
- Mingus Three (1957) B
- Mingus Ah Um (1959) A+