Mingus Ah Um
American Jazz Classics
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By the mid-50s, Charles Mingus had formed his own publishing and recording companies to protect and document his growing repertoire of original music. He also founded the “Jazz Workshop,” a group which enabled young composers to have their new works performed in concert and on recordings. One of those albums was Mingus Ah Um (Columbia CS-8171), presented here in its entirety along with all of the other tunes from the sessions and an alternate take of “Bird Calls.” An extremely personal work, Mingus Ah Um once again showcased Mingus’ unique talent for breaking new ground. It features an all-star group including Jimmy Knepper, John Handy, Booker Ervin and Curtis Porter (aka Shafi Hadi), and marked Mingus’ first LP for Columbia.
Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, May 5 & 12, 1959.