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Thirteen Pictures: The Charles Mingus Anthology

Charles MingusAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 17, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: August 17, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00000332C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,318 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Cumbia & Jazz Fusion
2. Myself When I Am Real
3. Jump Monk
4. Haitian Fight Song
5. Good Bye Pork Pie Hat
6. Half Mast Inhibition
Disc: 2
1. Pithecanthropus Erectus
2. Wig Wise
3. better Git It In Your Soul
4. Mediations On Intergration
5. Portrait
6. Hora Decubitus
7. Ecclusiastics

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

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.

Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Don't Know What You've Been Missing! October 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD
For anyone thinking about "getting into" Mingus, this is a great first step to take. As usual, Rhino does it right and gives us the impressive that was Mingus' work. Going from "Cumbia and Jazz Fusion" to "Myself When I Am Real" is a masterstroke. Also, this set shows you the brilliance of such sidemen as Danny Richmond, Jaki Byard and Jackie McLean, people who were up to the challenge of taking Mingus' work to unknown places. I still can recall first hearing "Pithocampus Erectus" on the local jazz station and asking myself, "What was that?!" Since then, life has never been the same. When it comes to Mingus, why be normal?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, um! June 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
To my ears, the most transcendent moment in the history of recorded music (please excuse the hyperbole) occurs about twenty seconds into "Jump Monk", the third song on disc one of this collection. After a nimble bassline intro by Mingus himself, tenor saxman George Barrow unleashes six soulful, lilting notes that never fail to conjure up images of what it must be like to stare into the face of god.
Now, one 3 second phrase does not an album make. I know this. This is one of my favourite jazz collections because the rest of it manages to live up to that one magnificent moment. Its consistency is what amazes me. Mingus manages to write music the way Tom Robbins writes books: with a focus on the narrative whole, while adding enough raw nuggets of buoyancy to make the whole thing go down easy.
Highlights for me include "Cumbia & Jazz Fusion" (like listening to the history of man), "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" (melancholic without being melodramatic -- an impossible feat in my books), and "Better Git it in Your Soul" (spunky energy). And of course, "Myself When I Am Real", a haunting seven-and-a-half minute piano improv.
Sometimes jazz baffles me for its insistence on staying within the basic and cliched forms. Mingus never falls into that deep hole.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rhinos at Rhino June 20, 2011
Format:Audio CD
If a brand new Jazz lover has absolutely no Charles Mingus in his/her collection, I highly recommend this anthology. It contains good examples of certain periods of Mingus's genius and development. Unfortunately (for me) it's horribly out of chronogical sequence! It feels like somebody in the Rhino Board Room snatched the string from the pearls and let the pearls bounce all over! There must have been a reason for that. Please don't let my complaint deter you from buying this 2-CD set. The enclosed booklet is quire informative.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "no lack of audacity..." October 29, 2001
Format:Audio CD
...could be used to describe either Mingus or this collection: producers Joel Dorn and Hal Willner have chosen to lead off with "Cumbia/Jazz Fusion" a sprawling 27 minute piece that (unjustly) received little attention and virtually no airplay when it was released in 1979. This is followed by a solo piano piece "Myself When I am Real." The listener is well over forty minutes into this collection before encountering well-known "hits" like "Haitian Fight Song" or "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat."
The subtext of the collection seems to be to establish that Mingus was a jazz composer comparable to a giant like Ellington. And it is true, the sweep of this music from solo piano to big band, from chorus-bridge-chorus songs to multi-sectional suites is impressive. In this regard, this anthology succeeds as an introduction to Mingus' music. However, the inclusion of some of this material is done at the cost of omitting many of Mingus' better known (and more typical) works. If one just wants to hear Mingus and his band at their peak, get the late 1950s classics like "Ah um."
The CD includes good liner notes. All musicians and recording details documented.
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