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Mingus Mingus Mingus! on WXDU’s “Out There a Minute” Jazz Program for 7/3/2011

 Mingus Mingus Mingus! on WXDU’s “Out There a Minute” Jazz Program for 7/3/2011


The playlist for WXDU’s “Out There a Minute” Jazz Program on Sunday 7/3/2011 will be devoted to compositions by Charles Mingus.  


His work includes several well-known jazz standards, music for film (e.g., for John Cassavete’s Shadows), music to accompany spoken word/poetry (e.g., Weary Blues, with Langston Hughes), pieces designed for collective improvisation, as well as what George Kanzler, in his liner notes to the Mingus album, Let My Children Hear Music, describes as “ambitious attempts to build ‘tall buildings’ in jazz employing large ensembles and extended compositional structures”.  After MIngus’s death, The New Yorker wrote of him: "For sheer melodic and rhythmic and structural originality, his compositions may equal anything written in western music in the twentieth century” (mingusmingusmingus.com,).  Mingus’s music defies easy categorization, but it includes elements of traditional jazz, hard bop, free jazz, black gospel music, and classical music.     


Over the course of the program, you will hear Mingus and company play compositions from the albums The Clown (1957, reissued 1999), Mingus Ah Um (1959, reissued 1990; 50th Anniversary edition, 2009), The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (1963, reissued 1995), Mingus Plays Piano (1964, reissued 1997), Changes Two (1974, reissued 1993), and Let My Children Hear Music (1971, reissued 1992).


You will also hear Mingus compositions done by Jeff Beck, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Bill Frisell, Mary LaRose, The Mingus Big Band/Orchestra, Joni Mitchell, The New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble, Quintorigo, Keith Richards, and Iswhat?!  The sign-off song (not by Mingus) will be from Pete Fountain’s Big Band Remixed & Reinvented.  


Program time is 10 a.m. - noon.  


I hope you will hear something that interests you. 


Micheal Akutagawa