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37 mingus blacksaintThis album is regarded as one of his masterpieces for its use of colours, tonalities, expansive harmonies, and the juxtaposition of numerous aspects of the jazz tradition - from swing to hard bop, to West Coast and beyond - employing a vocal chorus, and even Latin and flamenco flourishes in a single conceptual work played by an 11-piece orchestra. Mingus has called the album's orchestral style "ethnic folk-dance music". Musicians include Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy, both of whom played in the quintet/sextet bands that toured Europe in 1964.

 

 

Thursday, 21 August 2014 15:43

4. Sonny Rollins- Saxophone Colossus (1956)

5 sonny rollins saxo216881This album is one of Rollins’ finest recordings. Joined by Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins and Max Roach, Rollins plays with a rich, round tone that complements his melodic inclinations, making him the most accessible of the post-bop musicians. Saxophone Colossus is the most successful of the late 1950s albums that made his reputation.

Thursday, 21 August 2014 17:37

3. Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um (1959)

7-mingus-ah-umCharles Mingus' debut for Columbia is a stunning production of his talents and probably the best reference point for beginners. The band includes longtime Mingus stalwarts John Handy, Shafi Hadi, Booker Ervin, Jimmy Knepper, Willie Dennis, Horace Parlan and Dannie Richmond. This razor-sharp performance may well be Mingus' greatest and most emotionally varied set of compositions. 

 
 

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