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
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.