A Quasi-Centennial Mingus Festivus: The Charles Mingus Songbook, Part 2

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We continue our focus on the compositions of Charles Mingus, on the eve of what would have been his 99th birthday. Today's jazz would sound very different if Mingus had not been around and for this show we focus on his best renditions of his most beautiful compositions.


  • Ben Allison Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Quincy Jones "Boogie Stop Shuffle" Big Band Bossa Nova (Verve) 0:16
  • Host talks 2:57
  • Gavino Murgia Blast 4tet "Pithecanthropus Erectus" Blast (Abeat) 4:31
  • Host talks 10:18
  • Andy Summers "Free Cell Bock F" Peggy's Blue Skylight (RCA/Victor) 11:11
  • RZA "Ii B.S." Impulsive! Revolutionary Jazz Reworked (Impulse!) 17:11
  • Host talks 20:33
  • Jyoti "Beemoanable Lady Geemix" Mama, You Can Bet! (Mello) 21:55
  • Soil & Pimp Sessions "Mingus Fan Club" Planet Pimp (Victor) 25:28
  • Ravi Coltrane "Self Portrait in Three Colors" Mad 6 (Eighty-Eights/Columbia) 26:30
  • Host talks 31:51
  • Various Artists "Open Letter to Duke" Hal Willner Presents Weird Nightmare -Meditations on Mingus (Columbia) 33:15
  • Stephanie Nilles "Oh Lord Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb on Me" I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag -the White Flag (Sunnyside Records) 38:08
  • Ron Miles "Jive Five Floor Four" Circuit Rider (Yellowbird) 43:04
  • Host talks 49:54
  • Mark Murphy "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" Bop for Kerouac (Muse) 50:48
  • Honi Gordon "Strollin'" Honi Gordon Sings (Concord) 55:38
  • Host talks 1:00:12
  • Domino Quartet "Peggy's Blue Skylight" Radio 3 Sessions (Auand) 1:03:02
Photo credit: Guy Le Querrec

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