Mingus Ah Um

Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um
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1959 Ratings: #2
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September 14, 1959 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
Jazz / Genres
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The History of the Albums - n° 118

[I invite you to read my previous reviews on Charles Mingus and Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, you will find the list below, in order to better understand his life and this one]. In my opinion, although there have been great years of Vocal as well as the arrival of Rock n Roll, Early R&B and other new international styles, the genre that dominates the 50's in terms of purely musical level is without question Jazz. Especially when, from 1956 onwards, it ... read more
Charles Mingus creates an album that strives to be an outstanding force for its time, 'Mingus Ah Um' oozes charisma and displays incredible playing across the board, culminating to make not only a fun record, but a boundary pushing one too. The arrangements and compositions are fantastic, they're accompanied by some creative and well played improvisation and it all comes off natural to the respective musicians. It sounds like it hasn't aged a single day either and that alone proves how timeless ... read more
"Mingus Ah Um" is, in my opinion, the ideal album to discover the giant genius Charles Mingus. Those who do not like jazz should start with this album, it contains all the pleasant elements of jazz. This record dates from 1959, and yet, the quality of the recording is superb. This album is one of the best record for chill. Mingus touches everything: bop, free jazz, new orleans, while keeping his personality. The arrangements are grandiose, Ervin and Handy (sax) give me a huge slap, ... read more
'Mingus Ah Um' is an album that epitomises energy, charisma and playfulness more than many other jazz albums. Yet despite how carefree this album feels, it breaks boundaries, displays incredible musicianship and compositions and continues to shine bright in the jazz hall of fame. And it does all of these things with such a sense of confidence and ease that it's hard not to feel like Charlie Mingus is just a genius doing what comes naturally to him.
Another fantastic work from Mingus. In Ah Um, his vivid imagery of burglars, drunken errands and pubs is even more clear, with a whole lot of elegant arrangements and incredible improvisations that run through the Mingus universe since his excellent first solo albums. It wasn't until this album, though, that he brought his usual composition style to a higher level, employing even more ambition with a wider band and a huge tracklist, not rarely mentioning and paying tribute to his idols, but ... read more
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Track List

  1. Better Git It in Your Soul
  2. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
  3. Boogie Stop Shuffle
  4. Self-Portrait in Three Colors
  5. Open Letter to Duke
  6. Bird Calls
  7. Fables of Faubus
  8. Pussy Cat Dues
  9. Jelly Roll
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Added on: April 21, 2013