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Charles Mingus 95th Birthday Celebration

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Mingus Big Band
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
April 24, 2017

Saturday, April 22, was an unusually good day. It started, blessedly, when the president did not tweet out a series of early morning fabrications/accusations to befuddle the free world. And it could only get better from there: It was Earth Day! Scientists ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brilliant Corners 2017

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Brilliant Corners 2017
Various Venues
jny:Belfast, N. Ireland
March 7-11, 2017

In just five years, Brilliant Corners--Belfast's only jazz festival--has earned a reputation for adventurous programing. The 2017 edition went one further, with the inclusion of alt rock and electronic music stretching the boundaries of what constitutes a jazz festival ...

ARTICLE: HI-RES JAZZ

Charles Mingus and Miles Davis: Changing Moods

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The recordings of Charles Mingus in the mid-1950s document a musical voice so distinctive that they are immediately recognizable today. But Mingus' obsessive commitment to the primacy of the composition was not always shared by his peers, nor understood by his critics.

A public feud between Mingus, who was struggling unsuccessfully to win critical ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Better Git It In Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus

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Better Git It In Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography Of Charles Mingus
Krin Gabbard
296 Pages
ISBN: 978-0-520
University California Press
2016

Compared to other historically important jazz figures, few have been the books dedicated to Charles Mingus, which is strange given his enduring influence on modern jazz practitioners. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John Seman: The Story of Monktail

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The director and cofounder of Monktail Creative Music Concern with drummer Mark Ostrowski, bassist/composer John Seman has spent much of his childhood and his entire adult life defining this band and his musical direction. A highly educated player with the kind of street sense that can only be gained through constant performing, recording and touring, he ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Mingus, Monk & Weather Report: From Legacy in July

The ultimate year-round jazz festival of Legacy Recordings continues to set a new industry standard with three new Complete Album Collections from the Columbia and RCA archives by the greatest names in modern jazz: Charles Mingus: The Complete Columbia & RCA Albums Collection: 7 titles, 10 CDs The Thelonious Monk Quartet: The Complete Studio Albums Collection: 6 titles, ...

Music Matters and the Blue Note Oddballs

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In its heyday, Blue Note records had a relatively stable roster of musicians. Leaders including saxophonist Hank Mobley, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, pianist Horace Silver and saxophonist Lou Donaldson all released lengthy strings of records during recording relationships that were measured in years. Some players, like bassist Paul Chambers, became de facto house musicians for the label, ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Larry Tamanini

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Meet Larry Tamanini:
Larry Tamanini is a professional musician with lots of experience in various high-level musical settings.

Instrument(s):
Guitar.

Teachers and/or influences?
My primary teachers for learning guitar have been Pat Martino, Dennis Sandole and Tom Giacabetti. Like most musicians, I have many influences. My ...

Charles Mingus: Blues and Roots/Mingus Three/Jazz Portraits/Jazzical Moods

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Charles Mingus

Blues and Roots/Mingus Three/Jazz Portraits/Jazzical Moods

Avid Records

2011 (1954-59)

If you have a fondness for a particular album by Charles Mingus, chances are you won't find another quite like it in his catalog. The bassist and composer had one of the most wide-ranging careers of anyone in ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Charles Mingus Complete 1960 Nat Hentoff Sessions (Solar Records, 2011)

Charles Mingus Complete 1960 Nat Hentoff Sessions (Solar Records, 2011)

When the great bassist and composer Charles Mingus recorded the albums included in this collection for the Candid label in 1960 he was arguably at the peak of his powers. Beginning with the epochal album Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus that takes up most of disc one, he instructs the band to play a mock live set, recorded in ...