Let My Children Hear Music

Let My Children Hear Music

by Charles Mingus
     
 

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On the original LP issued by Columbia, Mingus thanked producer Teo Macero for "his untiring efforts in producing the best album I have ever made." From his deathbed in Mexico in 1979 he sent a message to Sy Johnson (who was responsible for many of the arrangements on the album), saying that Let My Children Hear Music was the record he liked most from his careerSee more details below

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On the original LP issued by Columbia, Mingus thanked producer Teo Macero for "his untiring efforts in producing the best album I have ever made." From his deathbed in Mexico in 1979 he sent a message to Sy Johnson (who was responsible for many of the arrangements on the album), saying that Let My Children Hear Music was the record he liked most from his career. Although Mingus' small-group recordings are the ones most often cited as his premier works, this album does, in fact, rank at the top of his oeuvre and compares favorably with the finest large-ensemble jazz recordings by anyone, including Ellington. The pieces had been brewing over the years, one from as far back as 1939, and had been given more or less threadbare performances on occasion, but this was his first chance to record them with a sizable, well-rehearsed orchestra. Still, there were difficulties, both in the recording and afterward. The exact personnel is sketchy, largely due to contractual issues, several arrangers were imported to paste things together, making the true authorship of some passages questionable, and Macero (as he did with various Miles Davis projects) edited freely and sometimes noticeably. The listener will happily put aside all quibbles, however, when the music is heard. From the opening, irresistible swing of "The Shoes of the Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jiveass Slippers" to the swirling depths of "The I of Hurricane Sue," these songs are some of the most glorious, imaginative, and full of life ever recorded. Each piece has its own strengths, but special mention should be made of two. "Adagio Ma Non Troppo" is based entirely on a piano improvisation played by Mingus in 1964 and issued on Mingus Plays Piano. Its logical structure, playful nature, and crystalline moments of beauty would be astounding in a polished composition; the fact that it was originally improvised is almost unbelievable. "Hobo Ho," a holy-roller powerhouse featuring the impassioned tenor of James Moody, reaches an incredible fever pitch, the backing horns volleying riff after riff at the soloists, the entire composition teetering right on the edge of total chaos. Let My Children Hear Music is a towering achievement and a must for any serious jazz fan. The CD issue includes one track, "Taurus in the Arena of Life," not on the original LP, but unfortunately gives only snippets from the Mingus essay that accompanied the album. That essay, covering enormous territory, reads like an inspired Mingus bass solo and should be sought out by interested listeners. One can't recommend this album highly enough.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972417226
catalogNumber:
724172
Rank:
965

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Mingus   Primary Artist,Bass,Conductor
Eddie Bert   Trombone
Ron Carter   Bass
Richard Davis   Bass
Bobby Jones   Clarinet,Tenor Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Knepper   Trombone
Hubert Laws   Flute
Charles McPherson   Alto Saxophone
James Moody   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar
Dannie Richmond   Drums
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet
Julius Watkins   French Horn
Howard Johnson   Tuba
Hal McKusick   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Danny Bank   Baritone Saxophone
Patricia H. Bown   Piano
Jaki Byard   Piano
Roland Hanna   Piano
Lonnie Hillyer   Trumpet
Milt Hinton   Bass
Jack Jennings   Tuba
Phil Kraus   Percussion
Teo Macero   Conductor,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
George Marge   Flute,Multiple Reeds
Charles McCracken   Cello
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Alan Raph   Conductor
Savarese   Bass
Brooks Tillotson   French Horn
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Bobby Lee Jones   Tenor Saxophone
Sy Johnson   Conductor
Sydney Johnson   Conductor

Technical Credits

Charles Mingus   Arranger,Score
Bob Stewart   Contributor
Warren Covington   Contributor
Ernie Royal   Contributor
Joe Temperley   Contributor
Francis   Contributor
Raymond Beckenstein   Contributor
Sonny Brown   Contributor
James Buffington   Contributor
DeRisi   Contributor
Harvey Estrin   Contributor
John Foster   Contributor
Hank Freeman   Contributor
Kenneth Fricker   Contributor
Paul Ingraham   Contributor
Ed Lee   Paintings
John Leone   Contributor
Teo Macero   Producer
Homer Mensch   Contributor
Hub Miller   Arranger
Romeo Penque   Contributor
Seymour Red Press   Contributor
Alan Raph   Arranger,Orchestration
Albert Regni   Contributor
John A. Schaefer   Contributor
Wallace Shapiro   Contributor
Daniel Trimboli   Contributor
Vic Anesini   Engineer
George Kanzler   Liner Notes
Sy Johnson   Arranger,Orchestration
Sydney Johnson   Arranger
Warren Smith   Contributor

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