Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus: Mingus Plays Piano

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Artist: Charles Mingus

Artist: Charles Mingus
Title: Mingus Plays Piano
Product Type: VINYL LP

Limited vinyl LP repressing of this 1963 album by the jazz great. Bassist/composer Charles Mingus is one of the most radical figures in American music. 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.

Tracks:
1.1 Myself When I Am Real
1.2 I Can't Get Started
1.3 Body and Soul
1.4 Roland Kirk's Message
1.5 Memories of You
1.6 She's Just Miss Popular Hybrid
1.7 Orange Was the Color of Her Dress; Then Silk Blues
1.8 Meditations for Moses
1.9 Old Portrait
1.10 I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
1.11 Compositional Theme Story... Medleys, Anthems and Folklore

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