Mingus Music

A Visualgui reader goes by the name TTBlue has recommended me Charles Mingus’s Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus a while back, and I must admit that I have regretted for waiting this long to finally cop the album (better late than never, right?). Mingus is one of the illest jazz musicians with a style identical to none. As soon as “II B.S.” and “Better Get Hit in Yo’ Soul” kicks off, listeners know right away it is Mingus Music. The tempo is way fast, but the syncopation is always crisp, powerful, and full of passion. On the 12-bar blues dedicated to Lester Young “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” (aka “Theme for Lester Young”) and an appreciation to Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo,” he has shown me how a bass can create colors and textures. I not only able to pick out the bass sound away from the intoxicating horns and keyboard, but also understand how beautiful the bass can communicate with other instruments. Mingus is the S.

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