Mingus is discussed plenty as a jazz composer and whatnot, but IMO, there really isn't enough about him as a bass player. I always used to think of his playing as "good" but nothing compared to his compositional ability. Since then I've heard a couple cuts from "Money Jungle" (wow) and I own Jazz at Massey Hall. I don't think I'll ever forget the feeling of listening to that the first time, it blows my mind. And even if the rest of the record hadn't blown me away, the version of "A Night In Tunisia" would've made the CD entirely. It was the first time I've ever heard the bassline to the song actually played by the bass! I mean, I'd heard Scott LaFaro, Brian Bromberg, NHOP -- I'm not stranger to listening to guys with great DB chops, but this *completely* blew me away. I just spent the last half hour playing that on my new upright, figuring out possible fingerings. I learned how to play it on BG, with all closed notes, but doing it on DB is...entirely different. It's not like it even requires a lot of chops -- I've only been playing DB since February and I'm still adjusting to the much higher tension and action of my new upright. His playing on this record really inspired me -- this is the first thing I've ever transcribed...even if it is a two bar bassline. EDIT: Forgot my disclaimer. I'm sure this has been discussed before, but searching for "Mingus" or "Mingus bass player" on here is kind of like searching for "double bass" or "string."