This 2 CD set is an out of print collectible! It is the original 1993 Rhino release. Catalog R2-71402. There is a saw cut on the spine of the outer box. The inside CD case and booklet are in great condition. The outer slip cover is slightly worn.
Charles Mingus lived even longer than John Coltrane did, and produced even more great music that could never fit onto a 2 CD set. Compiler Hal Willner and annotator Andrew Homzy are less interested in tracing Mingus's history than they are in highlighting his peak achievements as a composer. As a result, the set, arranged out of chronological order, tries to present the definitive recordings of Mingus's greatest compositions: the well-known "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," "Jump Monk," and "Better Get It in Your Soul," and nine more under-appreciated works (plus a collaboration with his hero, Duke Ellington). The 13 tracks come from seven different labels and constitute a powerful argument that Mingus ranks with Morton, Ellington, Monk, and Coleman as one of the greatest composers in jazz. --Geoffrey Himes