Superior Viaduct are doing an admirable job bringing rarer slabs of the great Charles Mingus back into print with a set of new vinyl reissues. Mingus is of course renowned for his double bass playing, and yet Mingus Plays Piano is just that. Turns out he is a wonderful, sensitive pianist as well, thoughtfully improvising his way around the keys.
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7/10 Jack Customer review, 17th February 2015
The performances are largely pretty laid back, Mingus is in a pretty meditative and bluesy mood-- he tackles a few standards, some of his own compositions, and improvisations on brief themes within his music. The best of the material is delicate and lovely ("Myself When I Am Real"), energetic but not aggressive ("Body and Soul") or just stunning ("Orange Was the Color Of Her Dress, Then Silk Blues"). And while it lacks much of the bite, sarcasm, and aggressiveness of some of Mingus' better work, it is in its own way, a stunning album. Highly recommended.
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