The Art of Jazz #101

The Clown
(Charles Mingus)
(Atlantic Records; 1957)

1 comment:

Chris Rywalt said...

Excellent album, too. I have the lovely Rhino deluxe reissue, which reproduces the album sleeve, front and back, in CD size. The CD is printed to look like the LP sticker (including "UNBREAKABLE"). Nat Hentoff wrote a new essay (dated 1998) for the beautiful booklet.

Mingus is one of those very few composers whose genius just blasts out through every line. Not everything I've heard from him is my favorite, but I can't doubt how damned talented he is even when I'm not thrilled with the piece. But "Haitian Fight Song" from this CD is a must-listen, desert-island track.