Monday, March 21, 2011

Charles Mingus-Mingus Plays Piano:Spontaneous Compositions and Improvisations

The title of this disc pretty much explains what it's all about. Everyone knows that Mingus was a mean son of a bitch on the bass and that he was perhaps the most important jazz composer of all time. So it may be surprising to some that he's actual a good piano player too. Don't get me wrong, I'm not putting him up there with Cecil Taylor or anything, but he definitely can play. I also like the fact that some of his idiosyncrasies remain noticeable (he was a right nutter). I dunno I think this is safe enough so you can get away with playing it at your next dinner party. Also good for those sleepless nights spent staring out the window.



  1. Thanks for posting this one. I wasn't aware of this album or that he was much of a piano player. I'd say it's a toss up between Mingus and Monk for most important jazz composer. I recommend you check out 'Thelonious Alone in San Fransisco' which could be a companion to this.

  2. I have a copy of Alone from way back when. Haven't given it a listen in some time though. I'll have to get on it.