One of the more interesting sections of interview concerns Mingus' take on the music business: "It's money and women, or it's musicand you can't fool yourself. You don't want music to lose." It was precisely the issue of insufficient money to perform at Wein's Newport Jazz Festival that saw Mingus and others set up the rival Protest Festival in 1960. Unsurprisingly, Wein and Mingus' accounts of the issue don't tally. Wein is however, full of praise for Mingus the musician, describing his music for string quartet as "an incredible work." As for women, Mingus' tales of his pimping days and his whoring in Tijuana come across as ugly braggadocio.
The Mingus interviewsat least the ones with the subjectare many layered; heady streams of consciousness that flow with an uncommon rhythmic vitality. Multiple ideas tussle and converge in a strangely compelling cacophony. The blues runs through much of the narrative and it's always emotionally charged. In short, much like Mingus' music.
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.