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Mingus and Richard Davis go electric

Discussion in 'Bass Humor [DB]' started by Alexi David, Nov 11, 2004.


  1. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Nice! :)

    I wonder if they got free distortion (overdrive) pedals as well!! ??
     
  2. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    NYC
    I seem to recall that Mingus did the ad in the period when he stopped performing and to quote Sue Mingus, "generally went crazy", from 1967 or so.
     
  3. Matt Ides

    Matt Ides

    May 12, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN
    I would have been shocked to see either actually play it.
     

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  4. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    NYC
    I think Mingus DID use it for only one show in 1969, but he was on a lot of medication at the time.......
     
  5. Matt Ides

    Matt Ides

    May 12, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN
    WOW, I fingered he would never touch an electric bass
     
  6. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    NYC
    Well, there's some really amusing quotes of him denouncing the EB that I've read.....and amplifiers, and Eddie Gomez......
     
  7. Matt Ides

    Matt Ides

    May 12, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN

    genius, but still a nut. Just have to read "Beneath the Underdog" for that.
     
  8. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Maui
    Really? I thought he chose Eddie to pinch hit for him in the later stuff, when he got too sick to play.
     
  9. Matt Ides

    Matt Ides

    May 12, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN
    Marcus you are right.

    Mingusfingus what is the quote?
     
  10. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Hey, I've seen pictures of Richard Davis playing a P-bass so don't go thinking he's a purist.
     
  11. Davehenning

    Davehenning

    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles

    I heard Chuck Rainey tell a story of Mingus coming in one night and sitting in with King Curtis. Chuck said that Charles put the end of his(chuck's) P-Bass on a bar stool to stand it "upright" and played a few songs. Not 100% sure, but if I correctly recall, Rainey said Mingus he liked the music, but did not like the instrument.......
     
  12. Matt Ides

    Matt Ides

    May 12, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN
    Purist no, but the image of Richard or Mingus with a Slab strapped on just isn't right.

    Can't imagine Mingus, he was suckh a huge guy, with a little instrument.
     
  13. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    NYC

    I don't have it in front of me, but it was when he was talking about Gomez and Mraz on the last sessions (when they filled in for him) - he was saying that they don't pluck the strings right (enough OOMPH) and they play in thumb position all the time, that they don't use the full range of the bass. I read this in "tonight at Noon" by Sue Mingus.
     
  14. Matt Ides

    Matt Ides

    May 12, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN
    that is mingus.

    How did you like "Tonight at Noon"
     
  15. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    NYC
    Fantastic, as it gives a unique perspective into his character. Most of the book is about him as a dying man, and man, his death was like his music - art. It's a must read if you are a Mingus freak like me.
     
  16. Matt Ides

    Matt Ides

    May 12, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN
    I'll have to check it out. Mingus is the reason I ever picked up the UB.
     
  17. Agreed!! - very well written too - you tend not to expect it - especially if you've read 'Myself When I Am Real' where the author seems too in awe of his subject to make sensible judgements - and especially editorial ones. (Oh and BTU is a blast!)
     
  18. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    NYC
    I agree - I was not crazy about "Myself", and a lot of the facts were wrong.

    "Mingus/Mingus" is a must-read, written by two of Mingus' friends.
     
  19. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    NYC