The second installment of Charles Mingus on NPR Profiles:
In succeeding years, he fashioned a body of work to rival Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk in rhythmic and structural originality. Like Ellington, Mingus constantly developed new works, and designed music around the unique strengths of the musicians in his ensembles. At times, he left parts of his compositions unscripted, counting on bandstand inspiration.
Listen to the program here.