Track List

Better Git It In Your Soul

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

Boogie Stop Shuffle

Self-Portrait In Three Colors

Open Letter To Duke

Bird Calls

Fables Of Faubus

Pussy Cat Dues

Jelly Roll

Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um (LP - 180 Gram Vinyl - Gatefold - Import)
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Mercurial bassist and bandleader Charles Mingus was signed to Columbia Records for the briefest of time during 1959. His Columbia recordings, however, remain some of the most inspired, mood-jumping jazz in history. The flowing sadness of "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" rings like a funeral chorus that pitches headlong into a celebration of Lester Young's life and improvising flexibility, rather than his death. And there's the funky furnace blast of "Boogie Stop Shuffle", which reaches its glory with Booker Ervin's Texas tenor sax, wrapped tight in bluesy tone. With the index of emotions captured, these songs nail why Mingus is possibly the most relevant jazzer for the '90s generation. He swings and shouts and hollers and somersaults. His tunes either induce foot-stomping with their intensity or reach for poignant yearning with their lyrical tapestry of orchestral colors.