Monday, June 15, 2009

Charles Mingus

The Mingus megapost. It’s been a long time coming. Here are my five favourite albums of his. It’s late in the evening and I’m too tired to bother writing a rambling paragraph about why these albums are important, so here’s a bunch of haikus instead:

Tijuana Moods (1957, Released in 1962)

Feeling uninspired?
Rowdy trip to Tijuana
Write songs about it

Mingus Ah Um (1959)

Gospel shouts and stomps
Holy shit, the melodies…
Overflowing soul

Oh Yeah (1962)

Now it’s time to sing
Nuclear war on my mind
Roland Kirk, you’re nuts

The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady (1963)

A free-jazz ballet?
Voices from the depths of Hell
Peaceful interludes

Let My Children Hear Music (1972)

Latter day big band
Classical music can swing
Probably his best

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