Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus

Mingus Ah Um was Charles Mingus's first album for Columbia released in 1959. It is a personal work which sees the double bass player and bandleader look back upon his childhood assisted by an all star group including Jimmy Knepper and Brooker Ervin. It contains some of his most enduring tracks and is widely regarding as a masterpiece. 

Vinyl LP £14.65 9152316

Limited edition, remastered 180g vinyl LP on Pan Am Records.

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Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus
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9/10 Jack 17th February 2015

In 1959, Charles Mingus was at the height of his powers-- in the midst of a roll from a stream of fine music on Atlantic, he signed to Columbia and delivered his first album in early 1959, "Mingus Ah Um". Perhaps the best album Mingus ever recorded, Mingus augments his working band (saxophonists John Handy and Booker Ervin, pianist Horace Parlan, and drummer Dannie Richmond) with reedman Shafi Hadi and either trombonist Willie Dennis or Jimmy Knepper, and produced an album of such startling variety and brilliant performance that it demands attention.

8/10 Christopher Customer rating (no review), 17th November 2018



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