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Superior Viaduct / Impulse!

Charles Mingus - Mingus Plays Piano [Spontaneous Compositions And Improvisations]

$39.00

Superior Viaduct / Impulse!

Charles Mingus - Mingus Plays Piano [Spontaneous Compositions And Improvisations]

$39.00

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Bassist / composer Charles Mingus is one of the most radical figures in American music. Throughout the '50s, he worked as a sideman with legendary players Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and more. In the '60s, he gained recognition as a bandleader, often followed by controversy for making strong-minded statements in the press about race, politics and stodgy music critics. While Mingus received many honors posthumously as well as during his career, perhaps his greatest achievement was transcending the restrictive label of jazz.

Mingus Plays Piano, released just a few months after his masterpiece The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady, is the only record to feature Mingus performing on his instrument of choice for composing. From the opening track, appropriately titled "Myself When I Am Real," Mingus shrugs off any virtuosic pretensions of solo albums and stakes out more introspective territory. These trance-like, poetic musings reveal a tenderness rarely associated with Mingus, reminiscent of Erik Satie's piano works and Art Tatum's free rhythmic style.

This long out-of-print vinyl release has been carefully remastered from the original master tapes. – Superior Viaduct

“Mingus Plays Piano is one of the most beautiful recordings, period. It is a on its own terms perhaps a more personal statement than even the masterpiece The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. While indulging in absolutely none of the ear-straining superficial ugliness of much of the “new jazz” music of the period, it manages to attain to the personal exposure and honesty to which many New Thing-ers aspired. Anything by Mingus is worth hearing; Mingus Plays Piano should be in the first rank — so far from a mere novelty as to be one of this great artist’s finest hours.” – All About Jazz

Item description:

Artist:

Charles Mingus

Title:

Mingus Plays Piano (Spontaneous Compositions And Improvisations)

Label:

Superior Viaduct  / Impulse!

Format:

Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Gatefold

Pressing:

US

Release Date:

This reissue: 2015 | Original - 1964

Genre:

Jazz

Style:

Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation

Catalog No:

SV066 | B0020981-01

Condition:

New