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Complete Albums Collection [Box set]

Charles MingusAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 31, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B007Y2W49W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,171 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Simply put, Charles Mingus: The Complete Columbia and RCA Albums Collection contains some of the most vital and important modern jazz ever produced. Examining a fertile period that stretches from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, the inclusive 10-CD set includes such masterpieces as Tijuana Moods (1957) (now 2 CDs); Mingus Ah Um (1959), Mingus Dynasty (1959), Alternate Takes (1959), Let My Children Hear Music (1971) and the double disc, Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert (1972). The addition of Epitaph (1989), which captures an all-star ensemble led by Gunther Schuller interpreting Mingus's epic composition, rounds out a stunning portrait of the extraordinary bassist, composer and bandleader who, in the banner year of 2012, would have celebrated his 90th birthday. Charles Mingus: The Complete Columbia and RCA Albums Collection booklet features photos from the various recording sessions as well as liner notes by Sue Mingus, Charles's wife and executor of his estate, which provide an intimate study of an intense and complex man, one who produced some of the most exciting and expressive sounds jazz will ever know.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Revelations December 8, 2012
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It's uncharacteristic of me to write a review without listening to everything contained first, but I've heard more than enough to justify the purchase price.

This is some of the best money I've ever spent on music... and buying music is my major vice. I was outrageously ignorant of Mingus before, and can't stop listening to this box. It's not that it's all perfect music - in the included liner notes, Mingus's widow lashes out against the outtakes included on this set (though even she grudgingly compliments the inclusion of rarities "Revelations (First Movement)", wonderful and one-of-a-kind Mingus/Brubeck duo (!) "Non-Sectarian Blues", and the complete version of "A Colloquial Dream" [later officially recorded and released as "Scenes in the City"]).

The "Friends in Concert" disc is a mess, but perhaps not hopeless. Alternate Takes has blurry, bootleg-looking packaging - so far I haven't listened to any tracks except the Sue-approved ones. But Tijuana Moods, Mingus Ah Um, Dynasty, Let My Children Hear Music, and Epitaph are full of riches that I will be admiring for a long time. The liner notes by Sue Mingus are funny and insightful - clearly her book is necessary reading. The fairly nice packaging, replicas of the LP sleeves, allow the CDs to slide out nicely without scraping - though that means they will simply fall out if you carry the sleeves the wrong way, so be careful!

Shame on me for taking so long to get to this music. And shame on you if you pass up this opportunity.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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If by some chance you have arrived here, at a collection of Mingus albums, your decision has already been made. Mingus's shifting genius, both spiritual and sublime hovers over all these albums; presenting 10 Mingus discs together in one collection allows a pretty incredible overview of this seminally important giant in modern Jazz. But don't let accolades and proclamations of greatness stop you--this music is not stodgy or solemn--it is just good. Charles Mingus was a genius, but a touchable genius who's music gives lasting satisfaction and pleasure. Don't miss this collection if you have never heard him before. Ifyou have some of these albums, then the price is still good enough to use this as a way to round out your collection. A stunning display of greatness that I cannot recommend highly enough.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PRICY BUT INDISPENSABLE February 11, 2013
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CD 1-2: Tijuana Moods (1957) -CM, b, voc; Clarence Shaw, tpt; Jimmy Knepper, tbn; Shafi Hadi, as, ts; Bill Triglia, p; Dannie Richmond, dr; Frankie Dunlop, perc; Ysabel Morel, voc; Lonnie Elder, narr.

CD 3: Mingus Ah Um (1959) -CM, b; Booker Ervin, Shafi Hadi, ts; John Handy, as; Jimmy Knepper, Willie Dennis, tbn; Horace Parlan, p; Dannie Richmond, dr.

CD 4: Mingus Dynasty (1960) -CM, b; Richard Williams, Don Ellis, tpt; Booker Ervin, Benny Golson, ts; John Handy, as; Jimmy Knepper, tbn; Teddy Charles, vib; Roland Hanna, p; Dannie Richmond, dr

CD 5: Alternate Takes (1957-62) -takes 1-6 from Ah Um and Dynasty albums; take 7 (Revelations) -CM, b; Louis Mucci, Art Farmer, tpt; John LaPorta, as; Hal McKusick, ts; Teo Macero, bari s; Jimmy Knepper, tbn; Jimmy Buffington, Fr hn; Manuel Zegler, bassoon; Robert DiDomenica, flt; Bill Evans, p; Barry Galbraith, guit; Teddy Charles, vib; Fred Zimmerman, b; Margaret Ross, harp; Teddy Sommer, dr; Gunther Schuller, cond. Take 8 (Non-Sectarian Blues) CM, b; Dave Brubeck, p.

CD 6: Let My Children Hear Music (1971) -CM, b, narr; full orch.

CD 7-8: CM and Friends in Concert (1972) -CM, b; Jon Faddis, Eddie Preston, Lonnie Hillyer, tpt; Gene Ammons, ts; Bobby Jones, ts, clari; George Dorsey, Lee Konitz, Charles McPherson, as; Rich Perry, as, flt; Gerry Mulligan, bari s; Howard Johnson, bari s, b clari; James Moody, flt; Eddie Bert, ten tbn; Charon Moe, Dick Berg, Fr hn; Bob Stewart, tuba; John Foster, Randy Weston, p; Milt Hinton, b; Joe Chambers, dr; Honey Gordon, voc; Bill Cosby, narr, emcee.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charles Mingus February 20, 2013
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I just love Charles Mingus music. He never stands still - always develop and evolve, and here I got 8 CD's (6 albums) for the price of 2 regular CD's. It starts with the lovely 2CD Tijuana Moods, and is followed by his masterpiece MINGUS AH HUM. The 3rd CD is another Mingus standout - MINGUS DYNASTY. 3 more albums showing Mingus' versatility as bassist, pianoplayer and bandleader, and on top of the cake a 2CD recording one of his last compositions EPITAPH. You won't regret this purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mingus on RCA/Columbia February 8, 2013
By Jaime
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This is as complete as you can get from Mingus on RCA/Columbia, with a few bonus extras. While "Tijuana Moods" has a full dic of extras, I am sure there are many more outtakes from the other sessions buried in the vaults somewhere, but for now this is as complete as it gets. One may find it interesting to note that if you listen chronologically from the earliest to the last LP, there is a gap of a few seminal years in Mingus' musical output. That's because he was on impulse! for those years, and none of that appears here, nor do any of the Atlantic sides. Alas we will have to wait for the massive box sets from those companies, and in the meantime we can bide our time with hits awesome collection.
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