Log in or Sign up. Steve Hoffman Music Forums. Location: Tallinn, Estonia -- Ohio, U. Original LP song lengths are given within parentheses. These six tracks were first restored in and three other recordings were discovered. Later reissues contain both the full-length versions of the original nine tracks and the three new tracks.
Rob Hughes , Jun 27, Location: Washington State. Yost , chaz and PsychGuy like this. Location: Harlingen, Texas. I received mine yesterday and being totally unfamiliar with the album while over the past couple of years starting to appreciate jazz , I was amazed at the clarity of the SACD. You can hear excited voices during the sessions, and slight leftover echo in some of the songs.
Love it. Rhinojack , Jun 27, Location: Athens, Greece. Any european sources are currently selling it? Location: Munson Township, Ohio. The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD calls this album "an extended tribute to ancestors" and awards it one of their rare crowns , and Mingus's musical forebears figure largely throughout.
The origin and nature of "Boogie Stop Shuffle" is self-explanatory: a twelve-bar blues with four themes and a boogie bass backing that passes from stop time to shuffle and back. It was supposed to sound like birds — the first part.
Faubus — , the Governor of Arkansas infamous for his stand against integration of Little Rock, Arkansas schools in defiance of U. It is sometimes claimed that Columbia refused to allow the lyrics to be included on this album, though the liner notes to the reissue of the album state that the piece started life as an instrumental, and only gained the lyrics later as can be heard on the release Presents Charles Mingus.
Charles Mingus' debut for Columbia, Mingus Ah Um is a stunning summation of the bassist's talents and probably the best reference point for beginners. While there's also a strong case for The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady as his best work overall, it lacks Ah Um's immediate accessibility and brilliantly sculpted individual tunes.
Mingus' compositions and arrangements were always extremely focused, assimilating individual spontaneity into a firm consistency of mood, and that approach reaches an ultra-tight zenith on Mingus Ah Um. Their razor-sharp performances tie together what may well be Mingus' greatest, most emotionally varied set of compositions. The sharply contrasting "Fables of Faubus" is a savage mockery of segregationist Arkansas governor Orval Faubus, portrayed musically as a bumbling vaudeville clown the scathing lyrics, censored by skittish executives, can be heard on Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus.
It is made for discerning listeners that prize sound quality and production, and who desire to fully immerse themselves in the art — and everything involved with the album, from the images to the textures. And clearly, Mingus ardently honored and prized the aforementioned aspects on his Columbia Records debut.
Witness the unforgettable cover art, a painting by S. Neil Fujita, whose varied hues, abstract geometries, free-base forms, and ornate albeit clean presentation mirrors the seemingly impossible blend of accessibility, complexity, experimentalism, consistency, focus, individualism, and collectivity reflected in every passage of the incredibly diverse album. Or, simply look at the reverence Mingus displays for his ancestors — and their contributions to jazz's ongoing conversation and cultural relevance — via "Jelly Roll" for Jelly Roll Morton , "Open Letter to Duke" for Duke Ellington , and the hallmark ballad "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" an homage to Lester Young.
Above all, however, Mingus Ah Um stands as an exuberant tribute to the idea and blueprint-caliber execution of fully realized musical frameworks serving as launching pads for expressive interactions, responses, exchanges, and improvisations.
In March , a run of recording sessions and live performances in Paris were cut short when Young made a hasty return to New York, suffering from pain in the stomach. On the flight over he vomited blood, a result of dilated oesophageal veins caused by cirrhosis of the liver, but although he had arranged to meet with his friend Elaine Swain, he still checked in to his old hotel — The Alvin on 52nd and Broadway, just across the road from the Birdland jazz club — and resumed drinking.
She died four months later on 17 July, just like Young from heart failure with cirrhosis of the liver the underlying cause.
Her death was a shambolic affair. After arriving at Metropolitan Hospital in East Harlem at the end of May, narcotics agents had raided her room and placed her under police guard , which was only removed in the hours before she passed away. She was forty-four.A1. Better Git It In Your Soul A2. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat A3. Boogie Stop Shuffle A4. Self-Portrait In Three Colors A5. Open Letter To Duke B1. Bird Calls B2. Fables Of Faubus B3. Pussy Cat Dues B4. Jelly Roll Charles Mingus' debut for Columbia, Mingus Ah Um is a stunning summation of the bassist's talents and probably the best reference point.