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Vinyl, Original recording, 1978
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Orange Was the Color of Her Dress... what can be said? This is a masterpiece, and in my opinion, the best recording of the song is on this album. Pullen's piano work on here will stun you, ranging from complex chord scales to just... the total destruction of his piano by about half way through the song. Like I said before, I was paralyzed by it. The songs all seem to take a trip through the wild side this same way, but this particular one was probably the most intense.
This album will change the way you listen to music if you're ready to hear it. It's an album for people who need to feel their music more than they need to hear it.
Another great Mingus title (literally) is "Orange was the Color of Her Dress, Then Silk Blue." This gets the Mingus film noire treatment, it's expressive and cinematic and hints at mystery. At two minutes it swings into full gear, with excellent interplay between Adams and Jack Walrath (trumpet). It's similar in conception to Track 1: A lush orchestral sound meeting twists and flourishes of the "3rd Wave." Pullen has a magnificently expressive, beautiful piano piece, and Mingus comps superbly. It's hard to decide whether this or `Free Cell Block' is the better composition. There's some jumbly piano poundings at the end--I think it's a bit overdone--but Mingus reigns it in, and the sax and densely arranged instrumentation brings it all back home.Read more ›
Changes One and Two were released jointly in the summer of 1975. Being a ceritifed Mingus fanatic, I immediately picked up on both and was blown away. All of the earlier elements of his 50's and 60's masterpieces were still intact. The extraordinary rhythemic changes, the innovative horn arrangements, the beautiful melodies all hallmarks of Mingus, the magician, the alchemist, the legend.
Dig the two versions of "Duke Ellington's Sound of Love", the longer instrumental version on Changes One and the sublime vocal version by Jackie Paris on Changes Two. There are numerous surprises throughout. All in all, I consider Changes One and Two the last truly great studio recordings by this immensely important and influential artist.
On this record, of special note is "Orange was the color of her dress..." This piece, in my opinion, is the real highlight of the album, filled with intricacies and delicate nuances on several levels, that take several listenings to fully appreciate. All this adds to the songs splendor, along with the powerful solos by George Adams, a tenor sax player who resembles late Coltrane, and Don Pullen, a remarkable piano player who is both classical and avant-garde.
I would strongly recommend this to any fan of music, jazz, and especially Mingus afficanados. With strong, moving pieces and incredible playing from all members, Changes Two ranks as one of my all-time favorite Mingus LPs.
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I am late discovering this (and the equally excellent Changes One). Many of his peers either remained mired in the past in the late 60s through early 80s, or broke with their past... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mike Tarrani
One of Mad Mingus' best efforts. Mingus...Paul Chambers...Jack Bruce. Where are their modern peers? (Nowhere to be found.)Published 13 months ago by ronarck
Being one of the undisputed masters of the medium and possibly the greatest jazz composer (certainly its most ambitious and least predictable), it is a pleasure to... Read more
It's too easy to take this disc lightly. It just flows, for all of its surface eruptions. Where's the screaming Wildman? Read morePublished on August 5, 2009 by jive rhapsodist
Been a practicing bass player for just over 20 years. Spent a 2 and 1/2 year run in Seattle (before moving back home to NY/NJ area) taking lessons from a local musician, and... Read morePublished on June 2, 2009 by L. Alzamora II
Charles Mingus ranked this album along with its mate Changes One, as some of his best work ever. I really liked Changes One. Read morePublished on April 21, 2009 by Frank Nelson
So yes, Changes Two is about as good as Changes One. Which means, "An excellent album, even if it's not in the top class of Mingus albums". Read morePublished on November 22, 2007 by finulanu
Logical continuation of "Changes One", this CD boasts with same musicians: seasoned "Mingusites" Don Pullen, Dannie Richmond and George Adams and the new trumpet of Jack Walrath: a... Read morePublished on November 26, 2006 by Nikica Gilic