Thirteen Pictures: The Charles Mingus Anthology

Thirteen Pictures: The Charles Mingus Anthology

by Charles Mingus
     
 
It is a thankless and impossible task to sum up the career of Charles Mingus on only two CDs; everyone knows that. But Rhino does have the advantage of being a licensing company, and they did roam far afield for material from most of the important sources, to Atlantic, Debut, Impulse!, United Artists, EmArcy, Mingus' custom Jazz Workshop label, even into the

Overview

It is a thankless and impossible task to sum up the career of Charles Mingus on only two CDs; everyone knows that. But Rhino does have the advantage of being a licensing company, and they did roam far afield for material from most of the important sources, to Atlantic, Debut, Impulse!, United Artists, EmArcy, Mingus' custom Jazz Workshop label, even into the hard-to-crack vaults of Columbia. Instead of a sensible chronological approach, though, Rhino scrambles the sequencing into something incomprehensible. Nevertheless the newcomer to Mingus will get a colorful, varied, even powerful portrait of the irascible composer/bandleader/bassist. In addition to famous signature numbers like "Haitian Fight Song," "Better Get It in Your Soul," "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," and "Pithecanthropus Erectus," there are a pair of extended works, and odd side trips like a trio date with Duke Ellington and Max Roach. It might have been an indulgence on co-producer Hal Willner's part to devote more than two-fifths of the space in what was supposed to be a Mingus primer to the huge 28-minute "Cumbia and Jazz Fusion" and a 25-minute live rendition of "Meditations on Integration." But it was a courageous indulgence, for "Cumbia"'s kaleidoscope of Colombian rhythms, big-band flourishes, extended improvisation, and weird vocal humor makes for a bold entryway into Mingus' world, and "Meditations," despite the poor sound, receives a provocative performance. Oddly, for a label that distributes Atlantic's archival material, Rhino only includes four Atlantic cuts, but with the complete Mingus Atlantic sessions from 1956-1961 now available in another Rhino box, perhaps that was the plan all along. As such, this is about as useful a relatively affordable Mingus sampler as there is on CD, which isn't saying much, actually.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/1993
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227140229
catalogNumber:
71402

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Mingus   Primary Artist,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Vocals,Latin Percussion
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
Eddie Bert   Trombone
Buddy Collette   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Ted Curson   Trumpet
Eric Dolphy   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Booker Ervin   Tenor Saxophone
Ricky Ford   Percussion,Tenor Saxophone,Latin Percussion
Slide Hampton   Trombone
John Handy   Tenor Saxophone
Rahsaan Roland Kirk   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Knepper   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Lee Konitz   Alto Saxophone
Charles McPherson   Alto Saxophone
Horace Parlan   Piano
Walter Perkins   Drums
Jerome Richardson   Baritone Saxophone
Dannie Richmond   Drums
Max Roach   Percussion,Drums,Track Performer
Mal Waldron   Piano
Jack Walrath   Percussion,Trumpet,Latin Percussion
Doug Watkins   Bass
Lou Blackburn   Trombone
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
Paul Jeffrey   Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
John LaPorta   Alto Saxophone
Wade Legge   Piano
Ray Mantilla   Conga
Bob Neloms   Piano
Jackie Paris   Vocals,Track Performer
Robert DiDomenica   Flute
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Shafi Hadi   Alto Saxophone
Yusef Lateef   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Gary Anderson   Bass,Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Contrabass Clarinet,E-flat Clarinet
Danny Bank   Baritone Saxophone
Bill Barron   Tenor Saxophone
George Barrow   Tenor Saxophone
Don Butterfield   Tuba
Jaki Byard   Piano
Red Callender   Tuba
Candido Camero   Conga
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Bradley Cunningham   Percussion,Latin Percussion
Hobart Dotson   Trumpet
Duke Ellington   Piano,Track Performer
Sticks Evans   Percussion
Joe Farrell   Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Gonzales   Conga
Charles "Majeed" Greenlee   Trombone
Dick Hafer   Tenor Saxophone
Roland Hanna   Piano
Lonnie Hillyer   Trumpet
Willie Jones   Drums
George Koutzen   Cello
Levitt   Drums
Jackie McLean   Alto Saxophone
Charles McCracken   Cello
J.R. Monterose   Tenor Saxophone
Melvin Moore   Trumpet
Bob Niloms   Piano
Jack Nimitz   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Phyllis Pinkerton   Piano
Curtis Porter   Alto Saxophone
Eddie Preston   Trumpet
Alfredo "Corral" Ramirez   Conga
Gene Scholtes   Bassoon
Gunther Schuller   Conductor
Harry Schulman   Oboe
Mauricio Smith   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Richard Gene Williams   Trumpet
George Scott   Percussion

Technical Credits

Leonard Feather   Producer
Charles Mingus   Producer
James Austin   Executive Producer
Joel Dorn   Liner Notes
Duke Ellington   Composer
Nesuhi Ertegun   Producer
Teo Macero   Producer
Ilhan Mimaroglu   Producer
Bob Thiele   Producer
Andrew Homzy   Liner Notes

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