A Quasi-Centennial Mingus Festivus: The Charles Mingus Songbook, Part 1

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Charles Mingus would have turned 99 years old on 22 April 2021. So with a year ahead of his centennial celebration we've decided to focus this edition of Mondo Jazz on Mingus as a composer, featuring some of the best renditions of his most memorable compositions.

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  • Ben Allison Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Maceo Parker "Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul" Roots Revisited (Minor) 0:16
  • Host talks 5:56
  • Osmiza "Fables of Faubus" Pop Gossip (Auand) 7:37
  • Host talks 13:12
  • Vienna Art Orchestra "Hobo Ho" The Big Band Years (EmArcy) 14:10
  • Jane Bunnett, Dewey Redman, Stanley Cowell, Dean Bowman "Ecclusiastics" Spirituals & Dedications (Justin Time) 20:48
  • Host talks 28:54
  • Joni Mitchell "The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines" Shadows and Light (Atlantic) 31:05
  • Gil Evans "Orange Was the Color of Her Dress" Eastern Promises (Live 1984) 35:24
  • Gil Evans, Steve Lacy "Reincarnation of a Lovebird" Paris Blues (OWL) 42:23
  • Host talks 49:26
  • Various Artists "Tonight at Noon" Weird Nightmare -Meditations on Mingus (Columbia) 51:20
  • Elvis Costello, Bill Frisell "Weird Nightmare" Deep Dead Blue (Nonesuch) 56:57
  • Michael Blake "Meditation (For a Pair of Wirecutters)" Blake Tartare (Stunt) 1:00:15
  • Host talks 1:08:16
  • Medeski Martin & Wood "Nostalgia in Times Square / Angel Race" Free Magic (Live) (Indirecto) 1:08:57

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