Mingus Dynasty

Mingus Dynasty

by Charles MingusCharles Mingus


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Mingus Ah Um catapulted Charles Mingus from a much-discussed semi-underground figure to a near-universally accepted and acclaimed leader in modern jazz. Perhaps that's why his Columbia follow-up, Mingus Dynasty, is often overlooked in his canon -- it's lost in the shadow of its legendary predecessor, both because of that album's achievement and the fact that it's just a notch below the uppermost echelon of Mingus' work. Having said that, Mingus Dynasty is still an excellent album -- in fact, it's a testament to just how high a level Mingus was working on that an album of this caliber could have gotten lost in the shuffle. There's a definite soundtrack quality to a great deal of the music here, and indeed the majority of Mingus' originals here were composed for film and television scores and an expanded, nine- to ten-piece group. On some pieces, Mingus refines and reworks territory he'd previously hit upon. "Slop," for example, is another gospel-inflected 6/8 stormer, composed for a TV production that requested a piece similar to "Better Get It in Your Soul." The ferocious "Gunslinging Bird" follows a similar pattern, and it's the same piece whose full title -- "If Charlie Parker Were a Gunslinger, There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats" -- is given elsewhere. There are a couple of numbers from the Ellington songbook that both feature cellos -- "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" and a fantastic, eight-minute "Mood Indigo" -- and a couple of pieces that rely on the even more tightly orchestrated approach of Mingus' pre-Pithecanthropus Erectus days -- "Far Wells, Mill Valley" and the atonal but surprisingly tender and melodic "Diane." The CD reissue of Mingus Dynasty -- like that of its predecessor -- restores the full-length versions of some songs that had portions of solos edited for time on the original LP release.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2010
Label: Sony Uk
UPC: 0886974920823
catalogNumber: 7492082
Rank: 8776


  1. Slop
  2. Diane
  3. Song With Orange
  4. Gunslinging Bird
  5. Things Ain't What They Used to Be
  6. Far Wells, Mill Valley
  7. New Now Know How
  8. Mood Indigo
  9. Put Me in That Dungeon
  10. Strollin'

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Mingus   Primary Artist,Bass
Teddy Charles   Vibes
Don Ellis   Trumpet
Booker Ervin   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John Handy   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Knepper   Trombone
Jerome Richardson   Flute,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Dannie Richmond   Drums
Seymour Barab   Cello
Maurice Brown   Cello
Benny Golson   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Roland Hanna   Piano
Theodore Cohen   Vocals,Vibes
Richard Gene Williams   Trumpet
Dick Williams   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Mercer Ellington   Composer
Charles Mingus   Composer,Liner Notes
Chris Albertson   Liner Notes
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
George Gordon   Composer
Teo Macero   Producer
Ray Moore   Engineer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
John Snyder   Reissue
Mark Wilder   Remixing
Brian Priestley   Liner Notes
Allen Weinberg   Art Direction
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Vic Anesini   Remixing
Paul M. Martin   Artwork
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
Ted Persons   Composer
Rob Schwarz   Remixing

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