Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Charles Mingus - Mingus Plays Piano
Been listening to 'nuff Mingus lately. Used to have a really hard time getting into jazz, until I realized that bands like Pocahaunted and Raccoo-ooo-oon are doing the same stuff with different instruments. The subtitle to this, 'Spontaneous Compositions and Improvisations,' probably doesn't give Mingus his due, as far as being a calculated musician goes. Like Sun Ra, Charles had a knack for being so good at writing jazz music that it seemed impossible to be anything other than "spontaneous." If you aren't, you had better recognize like it looks familiar.