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Radio & Podcasts

Syrah Meets Mingus

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Jazz & Juice

Syrah Meets Mingus

Read "Syrah Meets Mingus" reviewed by Kristen Lee Sergeant


Welcome to Jazz & Juice's season finale article--I hope you've enjoyed our first forays into the fun fusion of jazz and wine learning, and found that the 'knowledge is pleasure' axiom has proven itself true for you. Now, after the patience and restraint of the last segment, we venture into the world of the wild, in both wine and music. WildnessNietzche wrote: “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing ...

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Building a Jazz Library

Charles Mingus: An Essential Top Ten Albums

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Charles Mingus was rarely a happy man and yet his music possessed a power to uplift listeners unlike that of most other composer / bandleaders before or after him. It still has that power in 2021, four decades after his passing and on the eve of his hundredth anniversary in 2022. In his personal life, too, Mingus was a mass of conflicts and contradictions. He was by turns depressed and exuberant, though mostly depressed. He could be violent one moment ...

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Album Review

Charles Mingus: Mingus At Carnegie Hall (Deluxe Edition)

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This 2-CD set takes the 1974 album Mingus At Carnegie Hall (Atlantic) and adds seventy minutes of previously unissued material recorded at the same concert. It is as worthwhile an addition to Charles Mingus' recorded legacy as 2020's previously unissued 2-CD set Charles Mingus @ Bremen 1964 & 1975 (Sunnyside). Why it has taken so long for either set to be released is anybody's guess. But at least we have them now. Mingus led many great bands ...

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Radio & Podcasts

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

Read "A Quasi-Centennial Mingus Festivus: The Charles Mingus Songbook, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


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.PlaylistBen 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 ...

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Radio & Podcasts

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

Read "A Quasi-Centennial Mingus Festivus: The Charles Mingus Songbook, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


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.Happy listening!PlaylistBen 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 ...

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Year in Review

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Despite the circumstances, this was a high volume year for album releases, rich in both quantity and quality. Mine is not a ranked listing, but more or less in reverse chronological order. Since I wrote fewer album reviews than average, for the first time I have included several releases that I did not review myself. Nels Cline Share The Wealth Blue Note Records The expanded Nels Cline Singers: now a sextet with the ...


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