Pithecanthropus Erectus

Charles Mingus - Pithecanthropus Erectus
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Based on 76 ratings
1956 Ratings: #3
Liked by 7 people
January 1, 1956 / Release Date
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Atlantic, America / Label
Jazz / Genres
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Album title sounds like the name of a dinosaur, cause this shit is PREHISTORIC compared to the regular stuff AOTY users listen to normally!

On a positive note, it’s great to hear some good ol’ 50s jazz every so often, especially from a legend like Charles Mingus! However, this ain’t your typical 50s jazz record. It’s avant-garde as hell!

There really wasn’t anything quite like it. At its time, it was probably the most inventive jazz record, and ... read more
Number: 39

I love me some Mingus. I haven't heard anything from him I didn’t like. Admittedly, the 4th song is a little stale. But my man supports this with the amazing song that is “A Foggy Day.” The way he makes the instruments sound like cars! Damn Mingus, you did it again!

There's finally some damn variety on this feckin list... Imma pull some random poetry out my ass because I don't know what to say.

The stars are gone
The scars are gone
Yet I still have my raging seas,
My gloomy moon and boisterous thunderstorm will wait for me on the four corners of the planet
Now I make inconceivable colours and our reality will be complete with a press of a button

Charles Mingus is clearly one of the "actors" and one of the greatest jazz musicians in history, as he was gifted with a real talent for improvisation and could play several instruments including double bass and piano. That's not all, beyond the influence he had, he was a great composer and conductor. Influenced by the music of Duke Ellington when he was young, he was extremely gifted and quickly recognized for his talent and ease as a double bass player and he began working for ... read more
Mingus creates the most vibrant and rememorable jazz on planet earth. This man makes me interested of something I would never be interested in. Problem is, I don't know how to review jazz. I know when i likey, I know when I don't. But, that's about it. With jazz, i can play it in the background, but this is such a masterfully composed work, I was tuned in for the whole ride. I've already listened to jazz albums in the past, but I never reviewed them. My favorite, was, of course, "Love ... read more
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Track List

  1. Pithecanthropus Erectus
  2. A Foggy Day
  3. Profile of Jackie
  4. Love Chant
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Added on: April 21, 2013