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Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus Jr. (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979) was an American jazz double bassist, pianist, composer and bandleader. A major proponent of collective improvisation, he is considered to be one of the greatest jazz musicians and composers in history, with a career spanning three decades and collaborations with other jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Dannie Richmond, and Herbie Hancock. Mingus' compositions continue to be played by contemporary musicians ranging from the repertory bands Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty, and Mingus Orchestra, to the high school students who play the charts and compete in the Charles Mingus High School Competition. In 1993, the Library of Congress acquired Mingus's collected papers—including scores, sound recordings, correspondence and photos—in what they described as "the most important acquisition of a manuscript collection relating to jazz in the Library's history".

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Genres jazz post bop hard bop bop cool jazz
Top release The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

Albums

  1. Strings and Keys
    1953
  2. Pithecanthropus Erectus
    1956
  3. Mingus Three
    1957
  4. East Coasting
    1957
  5. A Modern Jazz Symposium of Music and Poetry With Charles Mingus
    1957
  6. The Clown
    1957
  7. Mingus Ah Um
    1959
  8. Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus
    1960
  9. Mingus
    1960
  10. Blues & Roots
    1960
  11. Pre-Bird
    1961
  12. Money Jungle
    1962
  13. Oh Yeah
    1962
  14. Tijuana Moods
    1962
  15. Reincarnation of a Love Bird
    1963
  16. 5.5
    The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
    1963
  17. Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
    1964
  18. Mingus Plays Piano
    1964
  19. Tonight at Noon
    1965
  20. Blue Bird
    1971
  21. Let My Children Hear Music
    1972
  22. Mingus Moves
    1974
  23. Changes One
    1975
  24. Changes Two
    1975
  25. Three or Four Shades of Blues
    1977
  26. Cumbia & Jazz Fusion
    1978
  27. Me, Myself an Eye
    1979
  28. Something Like a Bird
    1980
  29. Pithycanthropus Erectus
    1985
  30. The Complete Candid Recordings of Charles Mingus
    1989
  31. With Orchestra
    1990
  32. The Complete Debut Recordings
    1990
  33. Minor Intrusion
    1992
  34. His Final Work
    1994
  35. Passions of a Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1956–1961)
    1997
  36. The Complete 1959 Columbia Recordings
    1998
  37. Mingus Dynasty
    1998
  38. Jazz Composers Workshop
    2000
  39. West Coast 1945-49
    2000
  40. Charles Mingus Trilogy: The Complete Bethlehem Jazz Collection
    2001
  41. The Sound Of Love
    2007
  42. The Complete Columbia & RCA Albums Collection
    2012
  43. Jazz In Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden
    2018
  44. Chazz!

Other releases

  1. Lonesome Woman Blues / Swingin' an Echo
    1945
  2. The Texas Hop / Baby Take a Chance With Me
    1945
  3. Ain't Jivin' Blues / Baby, Take a Chance With Me
    1946
  4. Honey Take a Chance With Me / This Subdues My Passion
    1946
  5. After Hours / Pipe Dream
    1946
  6. Make Believe / Bedspread
    1946
  7. Shuffle Bass Boogie / Wierd Nightmare
    1946
  8. Say It Isn't So / Boppin 'n Boston
    1948
  9. Mingus Finger's / These Foolish Things Remind Me of You
    1948
  10. The Story of Love / Don't Blame Me
    1949
  11. Inspiration
    1949
  12. Shuffle Bass Boogie / Atom Buster
    1949
  13. Pennies From Heaven / Lyon's Roar
    1949
  14. He's Gone / Story of Love
    1949
  15. Precognition / Portrait
    1952
  16. The Charles Mingus Quintet + Max Roach
    1955
  17. Jazz Portraits
    1959
  18. Town Hall Concert
    1963
  19. Town Hall Concert
    1964
  20. Right Now: Live at the Jazz Workshop
    1966
  21. The Best of Charles Mingus
    1970
  22. The Great Concert of Charles Mingus
    1972
  23. The Art of Charles Mingus: The Atlantic Years
    1973
  24. Charles Mingus and Friends in Concert
    1973
  25. Reevaluation: The Impulse Years
    1973
  26. Mingus at Carnegie Hall
    1974
  27. Mingus at Antibes
    1976
  28. Passions of a Man
    1979
  29. Nostalgia in Times Square: The Immortal 1959 Sessions
    1979
  30. Mingus in Europe, Volume 1
    1981
  31. The Young Rebel
    1986
  32. Mingus at Monterey
    1986
  33. Paris TNP
    1988
  34. Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Volume 2
    1988
  35. Live in Chateauvallon, 1972
    1989
  36. Top Jazz: Mingus / Monk
    1989
  37. Live In Oslo 1964
    1989
  38. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
    1989
  39. Charles Mingus
    1989
  40. Mysterious Blues
    1989
  41. Astral Weeks
    1990
  42. Charles Mingus
    1990
  43. Mingus at the Bohemia
    1990
  44. Epitaph
    1990
  45. Keystone Korner
    1992
  46. Debut Rarities, Volume 2
    1992
  47. Meditations on Integration
    1992
  48. Debut Rarities, Volume 1: The Charles Mingus Octet / The Jimmy Knepper Quintet
    1992
  49. Debut Rarities, Volume 3: The Charles Mingus Group
    1993
  50. Thirteen Pictures: The Charles Mingus Anthology
    1993
  51. The Collection
    1993
  52. Fables of Faubus Slugs', Vol. 2
    1994
  53. Debut Rarities, Volume 4
    1994
  54. Stormy & Funky Blues
    1995
  55. In a Soulful Mood
    1995
  56. This Is Jazz 6
    1996
  57. Charles Mingus
    1997
  58. Priceless Jazz Collection
    1997
  59. Alternate Takes
    1998
  60. Battle of the Bands
    1998
  61. Backtracks
    1999
  62. Fables of Faubus
    1999
  63. Pithecanthropus Erectus: 1955-1957
    1999
  64. Plays It Cool
    2000
  65. Ken Burns Jazz: Charles Mingus
    2000
  66. Live in Paris
    2001
  67. Shuffle Bass Boogie
    2001
  68. The Very Best of Charles Mingus
    2001
  69. Charles Mingus's Finest Hour
    2002
  70. 1959
    2003
  71. Modern Jazz Archive: Charles Mingus
    2004
  72. The Young Rebel
    2004
  73. Minor Intrusion
    2005
  74. The Impulse Story
    2006
  75. Music Written for Monterey 1965 Not Heard... Played in Its Entirety at UCLA
    2006
  76. Stockholm 1964 / Antibes 1960
    2007
  77. Mysterious Blues
    2007
  78. Columbia Jazz Profiles: Charles Mingus
    2007
  79. The Millennium Collection
    2007
  80. Kind of Mingus
    2009
  81. Pithecanthropus Erectus + The Clown
    2009
  82. Eight Classic Albums
    2010
  83. Charles Mingus and the Newport Rebels
    2010
  84. Charles Mingus: Original Album Series
    2011
  85. The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady / Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
    2011
  86. Jazzical Moods
    2012
  87. Live in Rotterdam 1970
    2012
  88. Live In Rotterdam 1970
    2012
  89. Trios/Live At Newport Jazz Festival July 4, 1959
    2012
  90. Mitos do jazz, Volume 19: Charles Mingus
    2012
  91. The Jazz Workshop Concerts 1964-65
    2012
  92. Live in Holland & Denmark 1972
    2013
  93. "Statement"
    2014
  94. Live in Europe 1975
    2015
  95. Complete Live at the Bohemia 1955
    2017
  96. Newport Rebels
    2018
  97. Bremen 1975
  98. Village Vanguard 1975
  99. 1974-07-27: "Rocca Brancaleone", Ravenna, Italy
  100. 1975-07-27: La Spezia, Italy
  101. The Sound of Jazz, Vol.5
  102. Spain '77
  103. 1972-04-17: "Village Vanguard", NYC, USA
  104. 1976-08-16: Jazzhaus, Montmartre, Copenhagen, Denmark
  105. 1975-07-19: Ahus Jazz Festival, Piratenteatern, Sweden
  106. Charles Mingus Orchestra With Eric Dolphy 1964, Volume 2: Fables of Faubus
  107. Nice Jazz Festival 1972
  108. Lost Ronnie Scott's Jam
  109. Changes Live