Fables of Faubus (8:15)

Cover of Ah Um

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“Fables of Faubus” is a song composed by jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus. One of Mingus’ most explicitly political works, the song was written as a direct protest against Arkansas governor Orval E. Faubus,who in 1957 sent out the National Guard to prevent the integration of Little Rock Central High School by nine African American teenagers.

The song was first recorded for Mingus’ 1959 album, Mingus Ah Um. Columbia refused to allow the lyrics to the song to be included, and so the song was recorded as an instrumental on the album. It was not until October 20, 1960 that the song was recorded with lyrics, for the album Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus, which was released on the more independent Candid label. Due to contractual issues with Columbia, the song could not be released as “Fables of Faubus”, and so the Candid version was titled “Original Faubus Fables”. The personnel for the Candid recording were Charles Mingus (bass, vocals), Dannie Richmond (drums, vocals), Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone), and Ted Curson (trumpet). The vocals featured a call-and-response between Mingus and Richmond. Critic Don Heckman commented of the unedited “Original Faubus Fables” in a 1962 review that it was “a classic Negro put-down in which satire becomes a deadly rapier-thrust.


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  • davidbowiegirl

    Stuart, read the info from above.

    10 Apr 7:38pm Reply
  • StuartHaden1

    Ah um, let's have some fun.Who or what is Faubus? Any answers? Someone must know. As a Fable it hits all the right notes.

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • thedlburton

    Long Live Mingus!

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • abunono

    El muy bien hasta que los puntos calientes, lavados en frío en piezas relativamente pequeñas de empezar, y cocinar con sal, hierbas y raíces casi blandos. Se tarda 1,5 a 2 horas. Las papas y las zanahorias cortadas en trozos pequeños y el lugar poco antes del final de las manchas. (Sin embargo, es posible que sólo firme a la mordida). Vierta el caldo de selección, pero. El caldo con una gran cantidad de vinagre, azúcar y especias al gusto. Debes ser mayor de especias fuertes. Ahora vamos a derretir la margarina en una sartén grande y elaborado con harina un roux, el color que desee. En este roux el caldo preparado, dar 1.2 litros. Niza tocarla, para que no se formen grumos. Ahora la spots, papa y pepino rebanado Möhrenstückchen y dar, dejar que hierva.

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
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  • ninovetri


    12 May 2012 Reply
  • DCDireWolf

    Mingus is among us.

    11 May 2012 Reply
  • UrHomie

    way too good

    17 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Im2Jazzy4U


    12 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Savant2

    Oooooh yes!!!!

    10 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Evilkitten0713

    I heard this for the first time played by Project.... I really loved it! Still do <3

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • osisaoasis


    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • bobgreen623

    The Ah Um version. Wonderful, as are they all in their own ways

    30 Jan 2012 Reply
  • johannesbongers

    Slow version, very nice!

    27 Jan 2012 Reply
  • kmullin

    check out the live version on 'Live & Rare'

    31 Dec 2011 Reply
  • freedom_201268


    30 Dec 2011 Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    The version with Eric Dolphy is fucking OUT THERE! I love it.

    29 Sep 2011 Reply
  • StuartHaden1

    Fabulous fables

    28 Sep 2011 Reply
  • EnglandDreaming

    Damn. {2}

    1 Aug 2011 Reply
  • thesweetsagent6

    low-end = hi vibe

    25 Jul 2011 Reply
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