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Charles Mingus (22nd April 1922 – 5th January 1979) was an American bassist, composer, bandleader, and occasional pianist from Los Angeles. He was also known for his activism against racial injustice.

Mingus' legacy is notable: he is ranked among the finest composers and performers in jazz, and recorded many highly regarded albums. Dozens of musicians passed through his bands and later went on to impressive careers. His songs - though melodic and distinctive - are not often recorded by later musicians, due… read more

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  • I think Moanin' has got to be on of my favorite jazz tunes.
  • If it's about LIVE than Mingus At The Bohemia is my fav live album ever.
  • The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady and Mingus Ah Um (among others) are great, but for me Pithecanthropus Erectus is his greatest achievement.
  • Какой же он всё-таки потрясающий.
  • Thanks man. will check them out..
  • V "Mingus at Antibes" is one of the greatest live albums ever IMO. Also try "Cornell 1964" and "The Great Concert of Charles Mingus".
  • Any tips on where to start off with his live stuff?
  • Fantastic!
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