Personnel: Charles Mingus (piano); Charles Mingus (upright bass); Jay Berliner (guitar); Dick Hafer (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Jerome Richardson (flute, saxophone, soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone); Eric Dolphy (saxophone, alto saxophone); Richard Gene Williams , Rolf Ericson (trumpet); Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman (trombone); Jaki Byard (piano); Dannie Richmond (drums); Charlie Mariano (alto saxophone); Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone); Eddie Preston (trumpet); Don Butterfield (tuba); Walter Perkins (drums).
Liner Note Author: Ashley Kahn.
Recording information: 01/20/1963-09/20/1963.
Photographer: Chuck Stewart.
The discography of bassist/composer/bandleader Charles Mingus is ripe with innovation, but the artist's tenure at Impulse resulted in some of his most ambitious and engaging work. Mingus released three highly acclaimed albums on the label, and selections from those albums comprise the 11 tracks on this fine compilation.
The cuts from MINGUS PLAYS PIANO feature the artist on solo piano performing some of his most beautiful compositions, including "Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Silk Blue," and demonstrate Mingus's surprisingly adept skill on his secondary instrument. MINGUS MINGUS MINGUS finds the artist in a big band setting, offering up driving, lushly arranged renditions of his tunes. Yet the real treats are from Mingus's Ellington-inspired suite, THE BLACK SAINT AND THE SINNER LADY, one of the artist's masterpieces. Jazz fans will likely already own the individual albums, but IMPULSE STORY provides an excellent introduction to one of this icon's most important periods.