Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um


ORG - Original Recordings Group



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AORG 130-45
UPC: 858492002305
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45 RPM Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2
Note: 180 Gram

45 RPM

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180-gram 45 RPM double LP

Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog master tapes 

One of the most important figures in 20th century American music, Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer. His early professional experience, in the '40's, found him touring with bands like Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory and Lionel Hampton. Eventually he settled in New York where he played and recorded with the leading musicians of the 1950's — Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Art Tatum and Duke Ellington himself. One of the few bassists to do so, Mingus quickly developed as a leader of musicians. From the 1960's until his death in 1979 at age 56, Mingus remained in the forefront of American music. When asked to comment on his accomplishments, Mingus said that his abilities as a bassist were the result of hard work but that his talent for composition came from God.

This is arguably Mingus' greatest recording. Featuring performances by John Handy, Booker Ervin, Jimmy Knepper, Horace Parlan, Dannie Richmond and many others! Mingus Ah Um presented this important arranger-composer on a major label for the first time. This album portrays some of his most startling and thought-provoking music.

"At a memorial following Mingus' death, Steve Schlesinger of the Guggenheim Foundation commented that Mingus was one of the few artists who received two grants and added: 'I look forward to the day when we can transcend labels like jazz and acknowledge Charles Mingus as the major American composer that he is.' The New Yorker wrote: 'For sheer melodic and rhythmic and structural originality, his compositions may equal anything written in western music in the twentieth century.'" — All About Jazz





Side 1
1. Better Git It in Your Soul
2. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

Side 2
Boogie Stop Shuffle
Self-Portrait in Three Colors
Open Letter to Duke

Side 3
Bird Calls
Fables of Faubus

Side 4
Pussy Cat Dues
Jelly Roll

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

Magnificent, reference quality reissue

posted on 01/25/2013
5 Stars
If you like this album (and let's face it, you should), and you want to hear it at its best, look no further. I have a good quality original, and it is excellent. In fact, it is so good, I wondered if I really needed this reissue. Comparing them side by side, though, is a revelation. As good as the original is, ORG's album bests it in every way. In the large ensembles, each instrument occupies a 3- dimensional space. On the first cut, the shouting is so real it startled me -- I thought someone was in my house yelling.

Much of this reissue's advantages come from the 45 rpm speed. It just makes everything so much more solid and real, simultaneously making the music warmer and more extended. Detail is exceptional.

The pressing by RTI on my copy was flawless -- flat and silent. So glad it wasn't more of that static disaster from Pallas, which ensures your albums will forever be covered in dust, no matter how many times you clean them.

Nice job, ORG.

Stunning dynamics and super quiet

posted on 01/04/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Marc
I haven't had the best of luck with ORG reissues but this is absolutely stellar. From the dynamics of the super quiet pressing to the quality of the double gatefold package, this one a keeper!

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