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"A valuable contribution to 20th century jazz history."
As a writer for Playboy, John F. Goodman reviewed Mingus’s comeback concert in 1972 and went on to achieve an intimacy with the composer that brings a relaxed and candid tone to the ensuing interviews. Much of what Mingus shares shows him in a new light: his personality, his passions and sense of humor, and his thoughts on music. The conversations are wide-ranging, shedding fresh light on important milestones in Mingus’s life such as the publication of his memoir, Beneath the Underdog, the famous Tijuana episodes, his relationships, and the jazz business.
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