Mingus Dynasty

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Mingus Ah Um catapulted Charles Mingus from a much-discussed semi-underground figure to a near-universally accepted and acclaimed leader in modern jazz. Perhaps that's why his Columbia follow-up, Mingus Dynasty, is often overlooked in his canon -- it's lost in the shadow of its legendary predecessor, both because of that album's achievement and the fact that it's just a notch below the uppermost echelon of Mingus' work. Having said that, Mingus Dynasty is still an excellent album -- in fact, it's a testament to just how high a level Mingus was working on that an album of this caliber could have gotten lost in the shuffle. There's a definite soundtrack quality to a great deal...
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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Mingus Ah Um catapulted Charles Mingus from a much-discussed semi-underground figure to a near-universally accepted and acclaimed leader in modern jazz. Perhaps that's why his Columbia follow-up, Mingus Dynasty, is often overlooked in his canon -- it's lost in the shadow of its legendary predecessor, both because of that album's achievement and the fact that it's just a notch below the uppermost echelon of Mingus' work. Having said that, Mingus Dynasty is still an excellent album -- in fact, it's a testament to just how high a level Mingus was working on that an album of this caliber could have gotten lost in the shuffle. There's a definite soundtrack quality to a great deal of the music here, and indeed the majority of Mingus' originals here were composed for film and television scores and an expanded, nine- to ten-piece group. On some pieces, Mingus refines and reworks territory he'd previously hit upon. "Slop," for example, is another gospel-inflected 6/8 stormer, composed for a TV production that requested a piece similar to "Better Get It in Your Soul." The ferocious "Gunslinging Bird" follows a similar pattern, and it's the same piece whose full title -- "If Charlie Parker Were a Gunslinger, There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats" -- is given elsewhere. There are a couple of numbers from the Ellington songbook that both feature cellos -- "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" and a fantastic, eight-minute "Mood Indigo" -- and a couple of pieces that rely on the even more tightly orchestrated approach of Mingus' pre-Pithecanthropus Erectus days -- "Far Wells, Mill Valley" and the atonal but surprisingly tender and melodic "Diane." The CD reissue of Mingus Dynasty -- like that of its predecessor -- restores the full-length versions of some songs that had portions of solos edited for time on the original LP release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/16/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646551325
  • Catalog Number: 65513

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Slop (6:14)
  2. 2 Diane (7:28)
  3. 3 Song With Orange (6:47)
  4. 4 Gunslinging Bird (5:12)
  5. 5 Things Ain't What They Used to Be (7:35)
  6. 6 Far Wells, Mill Valley (6:11)
  7. 7 New Now Know How (4:12)
  8. 8 Mood Indigo (8:12)
  9. 9 Put Me in That Dungeon (2:51)
  10. 10 Strollin' (4:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Mingus Primary Artist, Bass
Teddy Charles Vibes
Don Ellis Trumpet
Booker Ervin Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
John Handy Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Knepper Trombone
Jerome Richardson Flute, Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Dannie Richmond Drums
Seymour Barab Cello
Maurice Brown Cello
Benny Golson Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Roland Hanna Piano
Dick Williams Trumpet
Theodore Cohen Vocals, Vibes
Richard Gene Williams Trumpet
Technical Credits
Mercer Ellington Composer
Don Ellis Contributor
Booker Ervin Contributor
Jimmy Knepper Contributor
Charles Mingus Composer, Liner Notes
Chris Albertson Liner Notes
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
George Gordon Composer
Roland Hanna Contributor
Teo Macero Producer
Ray Moore Engineer
Fred Plaut Engineer
John Snyder Reissue
Mark Wilder Remixing
Brian Priestley Liner Notes
Allen Weinberg Art Direction
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Vic Anesini Remixing, Mastering
Paul M. Martin Artwork
Randall Martin Reissue Design
Ted Persons Composer
Rob Schwarz Remixing
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