Mingus Three [Bonus Tracks]

Mingus Three [Bonus Tracks]

by Charles MingusCharles Mingus

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Most often heard in large ensembles and rarely in a trio context, Charles Mingus joined forces with pianist Hampton Hawes for this 1957 studio date. It features four standards, two originals by the bassist, and a jam by the group credited to Hawes. While there's nothing particularly arresting or startling about the date, the relationship between the two ostensible co-leaders is a good case study in group dynamics when deference between two strong-willed individualists turns into a certain amount of compromise. Drummer Danny Richmond is not so much the peacemaker or even mediator, and he is the one with the most common sense who actually pulls this triad into a simpatico unit, cooling the embers with his steady, willful-in-its-own-right playing. As complex as the music of Mingus tends to be, it's nice to hear what he does in a more simplified area. His "Back Home Blues" is so basic as his bass leads out, while the Mingus chart "Dizzy Moods" is deeper within an easier swing, allowing darker colors to fully but slowly blossom. Richmond favors the tambourine on "Dizzy Moods" and the hip "A Night in Tunisia"-styled take of "Summertime," while a faster "Hamp's New Blues" bops along effortlessly, chided by the drummer's accents. Hawes shines in his gilded, rearranged concept of "Yesterdays," intentionally messing up the changes for the first few bars before settling in, while slowing the Vernon Duke evergreen "I Can't Get Started" (always a personal staple of the Mingus book) to a crawl. The most intriguing selection comes at the end, as "Laura" sounds derived from "Tea for Two," with the hardy upright of Mingus sallying forth about this imaginary woman made real through this poignant song. Some six years later, Mingus, Duke Ellington, and Max Roach would record the controversial trio effort Money Jungle, so in many ways this album is a prelude to that all-star combination, both one-shots and definitely sidebars to the careers of all of these brilliant jazzmen.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/14/2010
Label: Ais
UPC: 8436028696550
catalogNumber: 2869655
Rank: 64364

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Mingus   Primary Artist,Bass,Leader
Dannie Richmond   Drums
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
John Mehegan   Piano
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Hampton Hawes   Piano
Hall Overton   Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Teddy Charles   Composer
Charles Mingus   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Hampton Hawes   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Hugh Martin   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
David Raskin   Composer
Dom Cerulli   Liner Notes
Ralph Blane   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
E.A. Swan   Composer
Arnold Marcus   Liner Notes
Oscar Cadena   Composer

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