Ken Burns Jazz

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Beginning in the mid-Fifties, Charles Mingus led jazz combos of every description and instrumentation. For twenty years he experimented with folk music, bebop, symphonic forms - id didn't matter what repertoire his groups used as a point of departure. Mingus made of it something new, harried yet highly organized, that looked to jazz's future and past, sometimes within the same piece.
All Music Guide - Steve Huey
In conjunction with the release of Ken Burns' ten-part, 19-hour epic PBS documentary Jazz, Columbia issued 22 single-disc compilations devoted to jazz's most significant artists, as well as a five-disc historical summary. Since the ...
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Editorial Reviews

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Beginning in the mid-Fifties, Charles Mingus led jazz combos of every description and instrumentation. For twenty years he experimented with folk music, bebop, symphonic forms - id didn't matter what repertoire his groups used as a point of departure. Mingus made of it something new, harried yet highly organized, that looked to jazz's future and past, sometimes within the same piece.
All Music Guide - Steve Huey
In conjunction with the release of Ken Burns' ten-part, 19-hour epic PBS documentary Jazz, Columbia issued 22 single-disc compilations devoted to jazz's most significant artists, as well as a five-disc historical summary. Since the individual compilations attempt to present balanced overviews of each artist's career, tracks from multiple labels have thankfully been licensed where appropriate. Opening with the driving "Haitian Fight Song" which some listeners may be surprised to recognize, thanks to its inclusion in a Volkswagen ad, this volume is spread reasonably well over Charles Mingus' career, including at least one selection from nearly all of Mingus' most classic albums. Given the constraints of a single disc, the compilation does a surprisingly good job of showcasing not only Mingus' rich eclecticism the flamenco-tinged "Ysabel's Table Dance," the gospel jubilation of "Better Git It in Your Soul," the elegiac Lester Young tribute "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," a cover of Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo", but also his burning social conscience "Fables of Faubus," which mocked the segregationist Arkansas governor's odd gait and his absurdist sense of humor "Eat That Chicken" and "The Shoes of the Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers". Pretty much all of the albums from which these selections are taken should be heard in their entirety, but Ken Burns Jazz is an excellent introduction to some of Mingus' signature pieces, and will almost certainly whet listeners' appetites for more.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972412825
  • Catalog Number: 724128
  • Sales rank: 73,226

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Mingus Primary Artist, Bass, Vocals
Ted Curson Trumpet
Eric Dolphy Alto Saxophone
Booker Ervin Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Jones Tenor Saxophone
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Tenor Saxophone, Manzello
Jimmy Knepper Trombone
Charlie Mariano Alto Saxophone
Horace Parlan Piano
Walter Perkins Drums
Jerome Richardson Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Dannie Richmond Drums, Vocals
Doug Watkins Bass
Julius Watkins French Horn
Wade Legge Piano
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Britt Woodman Trombone
Shafi Hadi Alto Saxophone
Don Butterfield Tuba
Jaki Byard Piano
Rolf Ericson Trumpet
Dick Hafer Tenor Saxophone
Lonnie Hillyer Trumpet
Charles McCracken Cello
Eddie Preston Trumpet
Snooky Young Trumpet
Richard Gene Williams Trumpet
Technical Credits
Bob Belden Discographical Information
Ken Burns Executive Producer
Michael Cuscuna Discographical Information
Didier C. Deutsch Discographical Information
Mark Wilder Mastering
Brian Priestley Liner Notes
Don Hunstein Cover Photo
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Ron Goldstein Executive Producer
Hollis King Art Direction
Ben Young Discographical Information
Carlos Kase Discographical Information
Seth Foster Mastering
John Christiana Packaging Manager
Lauren Atlas Packaging Manager
Adam Owett Art Direction
Clare Walker Packaging Manager
Jeff Jones Executive Producer
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