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pumpkins_rule
04-05-2008, 11:44 PM
So over the past few months I've been spinning Kind of Blue, A Love Supreme and Round Midnight quite regularly. But today I picked up The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, and goddamn this shit is blowing my mind! I mean Trane and Miles Davis are great, but this is actually so fucking unreal! I mean it sounds almost like classical music mixed with an Alfred Hitchcock film score and of course, jazz. So cool, I can't wait to delve even further into the world of jazz.

Doolittle
04-05-2008, 11:45 PM
Man, I hear that!
Check out Mingus Ah Um. It's real amazing.

imgooley
04-06-2008, 12:10 AM
My favorite 2 jazz musicians are Mingus and Monk

andy_woodhead
04-06-2008, 03:11 PM
Man, I hear that!
Check out Mingus Ah Um. It's real amazing.

Seconded. One of his best.

Nick_
04-06-2008, 05:23 PM
The world needs more Mingus.


My recommendation, for something a little different, is Charles Mingus presents Charles Mingus: A really cool live album, later in his time, closer to free jazz than his better known stuff. The take of Faubus Fables has the lyrics and is just unreal.

Naivety Play
04-07-2008, 07:39 AM
Man, I hear that!
Check out Mingus Ah Um. It's real amazing.
This. But then you can't really go wrong with any of his stuff.

<3 Fopp for having a bunch of his stuff for 5 at the moment.

imgooley
04-07-2008, 02:01 PM
I just bought a mingus record...

Nick_
04-07-2008, 05:12 PM
^Which one? First impressions?

Some Mingus can take a few listenings to merely understand, let alone discover his textural genius.

opivy21
04-07-2008, 05:20 PM
Fables of Faubus is one of the best songs ever. It's just perfect.

Nick_
04-07-2008, 06:38 PM
^ Have you heard it with the lyrics?

psychodelia
04-07-2008, 07:08 PM
^Which one? First impressions?

Some Mingus can take a few listenings to merely understand, let alone discover his textural genius.

With Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, I wasn't too interested initially, but after a few months I like it a lot more.

imgooley
04-07-2008, 08:10 PM
^Which one? First impressions?


Blues and roots

Nick_
04-07-2008, 09:24 PM
B&R is from the same era as Ah Um IIRC (just months apart I think). If you're really liking its sound, pickup up Ah Um too, it's Mingus' best known (although for the top of his studio work I prefer Black Saint)

It can be said that a mark of excellence in music is how well it holds up to repeat listenings. Albums like KoB are such revered classics because you can listen to them a thousand times and keep hearing new things. Mingus pushes this further; he sacrifices accessibility because you have to listen repeatedly for it to seem cohesive but once you do it becomes very rich.

opivy21
04-07-2008, 11:50 PM
^ Have you heard it with the lyrics?
I listened after your first post, and I really enjoyed it. He has a great voice.

pavan
04-10-2008, 11:58 AM
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus






Read autobiography

dividedsky
04-10-2008, 05:46 PM
I love teasing Haitian Fight Song in some of my solos!

Also check Monk and Dave Holland for really good, deep jazz.

imgooley
04-10-2008, 06:35 PM
I haven't heard Haitian Fight Song in ages

*looks for it in comp*

Axegrinder#9
04-13-2008, 06:30 PM
But today I picked up The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, and goddamn this shit is blowing my mind! I mean Trane and Miles Davis are great, but this is actually so fucking unreal! I mean it sounds almost like classical music mixed with an Alfred Hitchcock film score and of course, jazz. So cool, I can't wait to delve even further into the world of jazz.

I will second everything that you have said, and to this I will add - this is something that Igor Stravinsky may have scored if he was on acid and stumbled into a jazz club in some pre dawn chaos.

First time I'm hearing this music too - ****ing unreal boys.

Nick_
04-13-2008, 09:00 PM
^ That reminds me of these liner notes, where he mentions Stravinsky.

http://www.mingusmingusmingus.com/Mingus/what_is_a_jazz_composer.html

Axegrinder#9
04-13-2008, 09:06 PM
hah! That makes me feel real good that I had my pulse right on the music :cool: + I had smoked a nice joint while listening to it :p:

Naivety Play
04-13-2008, 10:06 PM
Wine. Dissertation. Mingus. I've had worse nights :p:

kmbuchamushroom
04-14-2008, 12:58 PM
I just got this 10 cd box set his called Mysterious Blues for $20. Its not the best sound quality, but hey, its Mingus baby!

And how bout Tijuana Moods, you can really visualize what he was going for on this album.

Doolittle
04-15-2008, 08:33 PM
Fables of Faubus is one of the best songs ever. It's just perfect.
that's my favorite jam hands down