Clay Giberson: Minga Minga

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Clay Giberson: Minga Minga
From the mouth of his young daughter came the four playful syllables that don't mean a thing in the adult world, but Portland, Oregon-based pianist Clay Giberson took the idea—and the momentous event of the birth of his child—and went into the studio to record solo, every day for two weeks. The result is Minga Minga.

Giberson's association with Origin Records has been a fruitful one, featuring a double handful of excellent albums, with his Upper Left Trio as well as solo efforts. Minga Minga, is Giberson's thoughtful, inward, solo celebration of the birth of his daughter, beginning with the fluttering, frenetic intro to "Little Bird" that shifts into a thoughtful, beautiful repose. "Adah" exists outside of time, unfolding with a supreme patience and reserve, and the sound of "Burst" does not evoke its title. It's more of a slow flowing stream, with insouciant swirlings of notes tinting the serene atmosphere with a sparkle of joy.

"Minga" is bright, bouncy before it explores some shadows. The song—indeed the whole CD—is a testament to a relaxed, "every-night-for-two-weeks," sit down for seat-of-the-pants improvisation, inspired in this case by the miracle of a new life. The sounds are sacred, expansive, unfailingly lovely, with a cerebral/playful dynamic that shines a light on Giberson's technical skills as wells as his human, soulful feelings of heartfelt tenderness, poignancy, awe and pure love.

This is Clay Giberson's finest recording to date, a top shelf solo piano outing.

Track Listing

Little Bird; Adah; Burst; Minga; Eyesome; Commensal; Stride Right: Mizzle; Dalles; Astir; Closer to You.


Clay Giberson: piano

Album information

Title: Minga Minga | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Origin Records

Post a comment about this album


View events near Portland
Jazz Near Portland
Events Guide | Venue Guide | Get App | More...

Shop Amazon


Read How To turn the Moon
How To turn the Moon
Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell
Read The Path
The Path
Chien Chien Lu
Read Golden Daffodil
Golden Daffodil
Leslie Beukelman
Read Message from Groove and GW
Message from Groove and GW
The Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band
Read Hard Bop
Hard Bop
Eric Binder
Read Duos & Trios
Duos & Trios
Armaroli - Schiaffini - Sjostrom
Read How Can We Wake?
How Can We Wake?
Josephine Davies
Read Blue Has A Range
Blue Has A Range
Steve Cardenas

All About Jazz needs your support

All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.