Charles Mingus Centenary

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This Friday, April 22, 2022, is the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the true geniuses of modern music, bassist/composer/bandleader Charles Mingus. The only thing Rhino seems to be doing to mark the occasion is an expanded re-release of a solid (albeit minor) album from 1957, Mingus Three. Nothing happening with his many classic records for Atlantic. As for the other major labels that Mingus appeared on over the course of his career (Columbia, Impulse!): bupkis. This is shameful.

Would it be crazy to expect the announcement of a major retrospective box set, or maybe hi-res remasters released to the streaming services as part of a "featured artist" spotlight? How about giving Amazon, Apple, and Tidal the cleaned-up quad version of Mingus Moves? (Or, UMG: how about adding all of Mingus's Impulse! catalog to your Atmos remix program?) Come on!
 

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This Friday, April 22, 2022, is the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the true geniuses of modern music, bassist/composer/bandleader Charles Mingus.

The only thing Rhino seems to be doing to mark the occasion is an expanded re-release of a solid (albeit minor) album from 1957, Mingus Three.

There's a preview teaser track streaming on Apple & Amazon ahead of the Friday release.
Well-recorded with full fidelity, plenty of room to hear Mingus in the more spare trio setting than his big band records.



The full original 1956 release is available on Amazon currently.
The new release expands from seven to 15 tracks, 37 minutes to 75.

Acoustic Sounds is releasing it on double-LP 180 g vinyl.

In glorious mono.
Not much a decoder upmix can do with nothing to work with.
Sounds good here in two or five-channel.
 

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i remember that Mingus Quad being quite Quaddy, hope it gets reissued someday -- soon! 🤞 its been a while, gotta be 5+ years at least since i last played it but i think on some tracks there was a Sex-y-ma-phone in one Rear and some other horny thing in the other maybe. i'll get it out again soon and revisit, i may be misremembering and probably am 😋
 

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Also, for Record Store Day, courtesy of Sue Mingus and Resonance Records, an album recorded (by Columbia) but never released of a 1972 appearance at Ronnie Scott's:

(Can we expect to see that one at NativeDSD eventually?)

And 72 hours of Mingus on WKCR, starting Thursday:
 
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Sadly, never caught Mingus himself live, although I began buying his albums in college. Bought Mingus Moves CD-4 new back in the day.

Enjoyed the Mingus album by Joni Mitchell, made with love and Charles' blessing.

Don't recall what year, but I caught Mingus Big Band live in the '90's at Chicago Jazz Fest. Sue Mingus talked about the band, as well as Charles from the stage.

 
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