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"A valuable contribution to 20th century jazz history."
The multidimensional inner ...
The multidimensional inner Mingus who created what he called, not jazz—jazz he said to me once was too limited a description—he created what he called ‘Mingus music.’ And much of the material here, in the book, has never been available before. For it so reveals and multi-dimensionally explains much of the music, and as long as there is jazz, Mingus speaks for the enthralling listeners around the world and—and I mean this—as they become his music. A book unlike any I’ve seen on the history of jazz.” —Nat Hentoff, author of At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene
“In words as in music, Mingus could erupt like a geyser speaking in tongues. These interviews let you experience his volatile, high-pressure flow of acute insights and outrageous conjectures.” —Gene Santoro, author of Myself When I Am Real: The Life and Music of Charles Mingus
"There are many Mingus voices in these interviews: poet, prophet, prolix raconteur, anguished, sometimes angry artist. The early '70s was a dark period in Charles' life and career, a time when he had stopped composing and was trying to find his way—here through the torrents and thickets of language." —Sue Mingus
open, voluble and very funny here, clearly due to his trust for the
interlocutor. . . . Like a tasteful musician, Goodman
lays out until the improvisational repartee calls for him."
Verdict Not for newbies, but fans of Mingus will definitely want to get their hands on this book, not to mention jazz scholars looking for primary sources.—Genevieve Williams, Pacific Lutheran Univ. Lib., Tacoma
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1. Avant-Garde and Tradition
2. Studying, Teaching, and Earning a Living
3. Recordings: Children and Friends
4. Authenticity: Whose Tribe Are You In?
5. Musicians: Reminiscing in Tempo
6. Debut Records, George Wein, and the Music Business
7. The Clubs and the Mafia
8. The Critics
9. Survival: The Reason for the Blues
10. Eviction and Laying Out
11. Mingus Women
12. Mingus on Sue
13. The Real and the Fictional Mingus