Charles Mingus – Mingus Plays Piano (1963/1990)

Artist: Charles Mingus
Title Of Album: Mingus Plays Piano
Year Of Release: 1990 (1963)
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab [MFCD 783]
Country: USA
Genre: Post-Bop, Avant-Garde Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: CBR 320 kbps
Time: 50:44
Full Size: 126 MB

01. Myself When I Am Real (Mingus) – 7:42
02. I Can’t Get Started (Duke-Gershwin) – 3:43
03. Body and Soul (Eyton-Green-Heyman-Sour) – 4:34
04. Roland Kirk’s Message (Mingus) – 2:44
05. Memories of You (Blake-Razaf) – 4:38
06. She’s Just Miss Popular Hybrid (Mingus) – 3:12
07. Orange Was the Color of Her Dress; Then Silk Blues (Mingus) – 4:17
08. Meditations for Moses (Mingus) – 3:42
09. Old Portrait (Mingus) – 3:49
10. I’m Getting Sentimental over You (Bassman-Washington) – 3:47
11. Compositional Theme Story: Medleys, Anthems and Folklore (Mingus) – 8:36

Charles Mingus – piano, vocals

Recorded at RCA Studios, New York on July 30, 1963.

Review by Scott Yanow:
Bassist Charles Mingus would never qualify as a virtuoso on the piano but his technique was reasonably impressive and his imagination quite brilliant. This unique solo piano CD (which was reissued in 1997) has a few standards («Body and Soul,» «Memories of You» and «I’m Getting Sentimental over You») along with some freely improvised originals, most of which are quite fascinating to hear, as if one were listening to Mingus think aloud.

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