Artist: Charles Mingus Year: 1957 Genre: Post-Bop Grade: B+ The 11-minute opener, entitled “Scenes in the City,” is the clear highlight of Charles Mingus’ fourth LP of 1957. Featuring the spoken-word narration of Mel Stewart, the freewheeling track moves through a … Continue reading A Modern Jazz Symposium of Music and Poetry
The trio setting apparently doesn’t fit with Charles Mingus’ style.
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One of Charles Mingus’ rare, non-essential LPs.
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Despite the title, “The Clown” is one of Charles Mingus’ darkest masterpieces.
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One of the most important jazz releases of the decade.
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Perhaps the first “landmark” concert recording.
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My picks for the best albums of 1960. Continue reading The Top 10 Albums of 1960