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Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by AlphaMale, Mar 14, 2008.
Someone told me to check out Mingus, I got to hear him. Recommend me some good songs!
"Blues and roots" is amazing...... if you want a listen, I got some downloads from my site: http://eriks.selfip.com:4444/music/Charles Mingus/Blues & Roots/
For copyright reasons, don't download, just click and listen "in browser". ;-)
"Songs"...well this is Jazz man - not really songs as such...although Joni Mitchell turned Goodbye Porkpie Hat into a song - even adding lyrics to the Sax solo from the original album - Mingus Ah Um - which is a must-have album for any Jazz collection!
"Pithecanthropus Erectus" is a classic. I've also been quite fond of "The Fisherman's Wife Has Some Jive Ass Slippers" if only for the title. Prolly my favorite, though, is the first track to Ah, Um, "Git It In Yer Soul" if I recall correctly. I have one particularly fond memory of that song bouncing off the canyons at a dingy cafe in a very backwoods Moroccan town, sipping some awesome mint tea and smoking... Something.
Ah, Um is probably my favorite album, though Tijuana Nights is also good. They're all good, really,
What do you mean there are no songs in jazz?
Well Mingus didn't write songs, as such...
He wrote a few political rants however...
Yeah for some live Mingus action (something I personally enjoy) check out Mingus in Wonderland, The great Concert of C M and although not "live" in terms of the words usual meaning but live in the studio, Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus is great with great song introductions by Mingus.
Also Changes One and Two are good albums.
But as danomar said, they're all good.
edit: Oh you were asking for songs in particular. Those are albums with great songs.
Live at Antibes!!!
Some favorite Mingus songs:
Gunslinging Bird (AKA "If Charlie Parker Was A Gunslinger There'd Be A Lot of Dead Copycats")
Hog Callin' Blues
Portrait of Jackie
All the Things You Could''ve Been By Now If Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother
Oh Lord Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me
Fables of Faubus
Goodbye Porkpie Hat
I have'nt really listened to jazz in a few years, but Changes One and Two are are my two favourites from Mingus. All those tunes are great.. Check out Free Cell Block F, Duke Ellington's Sound of Love (the vocal version, but the instrumental is great too) and Sue's Changes for some great upright ballad playing. He has many other great albums too.
"Free Cell Block F...'tis Nazi USA" is one of my favourite Mingus tunes. That particualr group (Dannie Richmond, Don Pullen, George Adams, Jack Walrath) were happenin'.
Check out the Changes 1 & Changes 2 albums...great tunes on both!
The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady is a nice piece of "Classical" Jazz....but you asked for tunes.
I agree with you 100%. I had only read down to Bruce's post when I decided to add my 2 cents.
The Live At Montreux DVD by the Mingus "Changes" band is great.
I just love the record "Black Saint and the Sinner Lady". Unbelievable!
Mingus one of my all time favs
get the CD's Ah Um, Mingus-Mingus Mingus, Mingus Dynasty & also get his solo Piano improv release from 1963, its stunning.
The horn arranging and playing kills me, Mingus was a real visionary, he had very specific ideas on how he wanted to orchestrate, its a way that not a lot of modern musicians think, many lessons to be learned from him.
I'm afraid that in the parlance of our time, "song" doesn't mean singing is involved, just a collection of sound I suppose.
"Haitian Fight Song" is my ultimate Mingus tune. The bass work is outstanding. My favorite version is on The Clown.
I've always liked "Isabel's Table Dance," "Moanin'," "Nostalgia In Times Square," and "For Harry Carney."
Sorry it does - a song involves singing, by definition!
Otherwise it is a tune, a piece, an opus,musical work,many things - but not a song!
Oh no, I'm not saying you're not right, I'm just saying no one bothers to make that distinction anymore.