News featuring Charles Mingus

The following news stories mention Charles Mingus. Stories are compiled from a hand-picked selection of popular music news sites based in Great Britain, Europe and the United States. Updated within the last hour.

’14 Apr 11 Fri

Friday 11th April

  • Counterbalance: Charles Mingus' 'Oh Yeah'

    Oh Lord, don't let them drop that atomic bomb on me. At least not until we've had a chance to talk about a 1962 masterpiece by composer Charles Mingus. Counterbalance delivers the jazz this week.

    Klinger: Back when we first announced our shift away from the numerical constraints of the Great List, we both bemoaned the list's overall rock-centric nature, which left little room for other genres, including country, folk, hip-hop, and (most notably for me) jazz. Well, buddy, here's our chance. The album I've chosen to get a little more jazz into these proceedings — Charles Mingus' 1960 Atlantic release Oh Yeah — isn't considered especially canonical (it clocks…

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’14 Mar 15 Sat

Saturday 15th March

’14 Jan 31 Fri

Friday 31st January

  • Charles Mingus: The Jazz Experiments of Charlie Mingus

    This set, issued originally in 1955, may not be one of Mingus's classics. It just misses that rarified air, but it's an important foundation for other, better regarded records from later in his career.

    Charles Mingus is, of course, one of the wilder personas jazz history has produced. The larger than life bass player refused easy definition -- he thought himself, for instance, more a frustrated pianist than a bass player -- and refused to fall into trends. His melding of various styles of jazz, and various styles of music and tradition within his compositions, makes him an endless fascinating study. But it's the sheer force of his playing,…

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’14 Jan 5 Sun

Sunday 5th January

  • Saul Zaentz obituary

    Oscar-winning film producer behind One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus and The English Patient

    The career of the film producer Saul Zaentz, who has died aged 92, was marked not only by his independence (his productions were often largely self-funded) but also by his dedication to each individual film. Unlike most producers, who have numerous projects on the go, Zaentz worked on just one at a time. This resulted in a relatively short CV but one with a high share of Oscars, including three best picture winners: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Amadeus (1984) and The English Patient (1996).

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’13 Dec 30 Mon

Monday 30th December

  • Yusef Lateef obituary

    American jazz musician who experimented with Middle Eastern and Asian instruments

    Long before cross-cultural fusions involving jazz musicians became the norm, Yusef Lateef, who has died aged 93, made a point of using Middle Eastern and Asian instruments on his albums. Apart from brief stints as a sideman, he continued to bring different types of music together in groups appearing under his own name. Acclaimed for his skill on various reeds, from saxophone to oboe and well beyond, he increasingly developed as a composer both in and out of jazz.

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’13 Dec 4 Wed

Wednesday 4th December

’13 Nov 7 Thu

Thursday 7th November

  • William Parker: Wood Flute Songs: Anthology Live 2006-12 – review

    (AUM Fidelity)

    William Parker, the former Cecil Taylor sideman, exhibits a fearlessness, double-bass virtuosity and tough lyricism that perhaps makes him the closest bassist/composer equivalent to the late Charles Mingus. With this eight-disc limited edition (also a six-part download), AUM Fidelity documents Parker's midlife work with his core quartet and various guests including the late violinist Billy Bang, saxist James Spaulding and pianist Cooper-Moore, featuring live shows from Yoshi's in California, a big-ensemble concert in Geneva, a suite of new 2012 pieces at Parker's own Vision Festival, and more.The quartet tracks are full of improvised trumpet/sax polyphony, featuring dark, quivering slow passages and a pianistic speed and inventiveness from the leader's bass. The Vision Festival septet with Bang, Spaulding and cornetist Bobby Bradford whoops and swings like an early Ornette Coleman band and visits north African reeds sonorities; the Geneva set has imaginative use of multiple reeds and a singer/narrator, often…

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’13 Nov 3 Sun

Sunday 3rd November

  • Ronald Shannon Jackson obituary

    Drummer who brought an exuberant, dishevelled and liberating drive to many bands

    For any jazz fan raised on 1950s caricatures about drummers – that jazz players were cool, Italian-suited and swung with no more effort than if they were dealing cards, while rock drummers were loud, theatrical and obvious – the arrival of Ronald Shannon Jackson was a rude shock. Jackson, who has died from leukaemia aged 73, was a dramatically exciting drummer and one of the most uncompromisingly fearsome exponents of the post-1960s fusion sometimes called "punk jazz" or "no wave", a loose amalgam of free-jazz, world-music rhythmic inspirations and rock. The antithesis of the tastefully discreet accompanist, he was a force of nature at the kit.

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’13 Oct 31 Thu

Thursday 31st October

  • Readers recommend: not a topic yet, but a new name above the door

    Adam Boult is about to post his final results blog and pass on the baton to Peter Kimpton, who introduces himself before he starts

    Hello. This is just an introduction before the readers recommend baton is passed to me from the excellent Adam Boult. You'll get a topic from me a bit later. I'd like to thank Adam for all his inspirational work as well all the fantastic readers' contributions that continue to roll in. Please keep reading Adam's other posts. I'll be joined on RR by my colleague Marta Bausells, who is starting next week. We will be writing the column on alternate weeks, but that may vary from time to time.

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’13 Oct 27 Sun

Sunday 27th October

  • Mingus Big Band/Chaos Orchestra – review

    Ronnie Scott's/Vortex, London

    Adjoining London gigs by the Mingus Big Band (the formidable New York orchestra dedicated to composer Charles Mingus) and the blossoming Chaos Collective meant you could catch the classic works of one of jazz's greatest liberators, and new works by a generation he helped liberate, within an hour of each other. London's Chaos Orchestra, directed by trumpeter/composer Laura Jurd, features 20 members still a decade from birth when Mingus died. But they have inherited his vision of looser relationships between improvisation and composition, consciously or otherwise, and coolly mix such open methods with influences including Stravinsky, Django Bates, free-improv, Irish folk music, South African township jazz and a lot more.

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