Mingus Ah Um

Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um
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1959 Ratings: #3
September 14, 1959 / Release Date
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WhatTheFunk
96
"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
KengojiUltamYT
97
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EMR
86
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
Sinews
100
The most groundbreaking jazz record of all time. It's unbelievable that a record this advanced had come out just as Miles Davis was schooling everyone on modes. If Davis was the Beatles, Mingus was the Velvet Underground. This record runs such a gamut of ideas, themes, and styles that it's amazing it's all contained on one album without the whole thing ending up overcrowded. In fact, it sounds like heaven. This record is as close to sonic perfection as any jazz record had come, and even today ... read more
La_petite_mort
78
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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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