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Mingus
Mingus
Ah Um is a studio album by American jazz musician Charles Mingus, released in 1959 by Columbia Records. It was his first album recorded for Columbia. The cover features a painting by S. Neil Fujita.[3]

Contents

1 Composition 2 Reception 3 50th Anniversary reissue 4 Track listing 5 Personnel 6 References 7 External links

Composition[edit]

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The Penguin Guide to Jazz
Jazz
on CD calls this album "an extended tribute to ancestors" (and awards it one of their rare crowns), and Mingus's musical forebears figure largely throughout. "Better Git It In Your Soul" is inspired by gospel singing and preaching of the sort that Mingus
Mingus
would have heard as a child growing up in Watts, Los Angeles, California, while "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" is a reference (by way of his favored headgear) to saxophonist Lester Young
Lester Young
(who had died shortly before the album was recorded). The origin and nature of " Boogie
Boogie
Stop Shuffle" is self-explanatory: a twelve-bar blues with four themes and a boogie bass backing that passes from stop time to shuffle and back. "Self-Portrait in Three Colors" was originally written for John Cassavetes' first film as director, Shadows, but was never used (for budgetary reasons). "Open Letter to Duke" is a tribute to Duke Ellington, and draws on three of Mingus's earlier pieces ("Nouroog", "Duke's Choice", and "Slippers"). "Jelly Roll" is a reference to jazz pioneer and pianist Jelly Roll Morton
Jelly Roll Morton
and features a quote of Sonny Rollins' "Sonnymoon for Two" during Horace Parlan's piano solo. "Bird Calls", in Mingus's own words, was not a reference to bebop saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker: "It wasn't supposed to sound like Charlie Parker. It was supposed to sound like birds – the first part." "Fables of Faubus" is named after Orval E. Faubus (1910–1994), the Governor of Arkansas infamous for his 1957 stand against integration of Little Rock, Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas
schools in defiance of U.S. Supreme Court rulings (forcing President Eisenhower to send in the National Guard). It is sometimes claimed that Columbia refused to allow the lyrics to be included on this album, though the liner notes to the 1998 reissue of the album state that the piece started life as an instrumental, and only gained the lyrics later (as can be heard on the 1960 release Presents Charles Mingus.) Reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Review scores

Source Rating

Allmusic [4]

Popmatters [5]

About.com [6]

Rolling Stone [7]

Mingus
Mingus
Ah Um was one of fifty recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry
National Recording Registry
in 2003. 50th Anniversary reissue[edit] In 2009, Sony's Legacy Recordings released a special 2-disc 50th Anniversary Edition of Mingus
Mingus
Ah Um. In addition to the complete album, the Legacy Edition includes an alternative take of each of three tracks: "Bird Calls" (4:54), "Better Git It In Your Soul" (8:30), and "Jelly Roll" (6:41). The Legacy Edition of Mingus
Mingus
Ah Um also includes Mingus
Mingus
Dynasty, its companion album recorded later in 1959 (with unedited versions of five tracks shortened on the original LP release).[8][9] Track listing[edit] All songs composed by Charles Mingus, except 12, composed by Sunny Clapp. Original LP song lengths are given within parentheses.

"Better Git It in Your Soul" – 7:23 "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" – 5:44 (4:46) " Boogie
Boogie
Stop Shuffle" – 5:02 (3:41) "Self-Portrait in Three Colors" – 3:10 "Open Letter to Duke" – 5:51 (4:56) "Bird Calls" – 6:17 (3:12) "Fables of Faubus" – 8:13 "Pussy Cat Dues" – 9:14 (6:27) "Jelly Roll" – 6:17 (4:01)

Bonus tracks on later reissues

"Pedal Point Blues" – 6:30 "GG Train" – 4:39 "Girl of My Dreams" – 4:08

Notes

When Columbia first issued the album in 1959, six of the album's nine songs (tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9) were edited in order to fit them on the LP; certain songs were shortened by several minutes. These six tracks were first restored in 1979 and three other recordings were discovered. Later reissues contain both the full-length versions of the original nine tracks and the three new tracks.[citation needed] Tracks 1, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 recorded on May 5, 1959; tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 11 and 12 recorded on May 12, 1959. All tracks recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City.

Personnel[edit]

John Handy
John Handy
– alto sax (1, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12), clarinet (8), tenor sax (2)[10] Booker Ervin
Booker Ervin
– tenor sax Shafi Hadi – tenor sax (2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10), alto sax (1, 5, 6, 9, 12) Willie Dennis – trombone (3, 4, 5, 12) Jimmy Knepper
Jimmy Knepper
– trombone (1, 7, 8, 9, 10) Horace Parlan – piano Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
– bass, piano (with Parlan on track 10) Dannie Richmond
Dannie Richmond
– drums

References[edit]

^ 50th Anniversary edition booklet ^ " Mingus
Mingus
Ah Um and Mingus Dynasty
Mingus Dynasty
are considered his best post-bop". The Absolute Sound (134): 55. February–March 2002.  ^ "Waxing Chromatic: An Interview with S. Neil Fujita". AIGA. 2007-09-18. Retrieved 2012-03-01.  ^ " Mingus
Mingus
Ah Um - Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
- Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 December 2014.  ^ "Charles Mingus". PopMatters. Retrieved 19 December 2014.  ^ Jacob Teichroew. " Mingus
Mingus
Ah Um Jazz
Jazz
Music Album
Album
- Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
Ah Um Review". About. Retrieved 19 December 2014.  ^ Wolfgang Doebeling (29 October 2008). " Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
- Mingus
Mingus
Ah Um". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 19 December 2014.  ^ "Charles Mingus". Pitchfork. Retrieved 19 December 2014.  ^ Stuart Broomer. "Charles Mingus: Mingus
Mingus
Ah Um: 50th Anniversary Legacy Edition". All About Jazz. Retrieved 19 December 2014.  ^ " Mingus
Mingus
Ah Um". Retrieved 6 March 2016. 

Priestley, Brian. Sleeve notes to 1998 reissue of Mingus
Mingus
Ah Um (Columbia CK 65512)

External links[edit]

Mingus
Mingus
Ah Um at Discogs
Discogs
(list of releases)

v t e

Charles Mingus

Studio albums

The Jazz
Jazz
Experiments of Charlie Mingus Jazz
Jazz
Composers Workshop Pithecanthropus Erectus The Clown East Coasting Mingus
Mingus
Three A Modern Jazz
Jazz
Symposium of Music and Poetry Weary Blues Mingus
Mingus
Ah Um Blues & Roots Mingus
Mingus
Dynasty Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
Presents Charles Mingus Mingus
Mingus
Revisited Mingus Oh Yeah Tijuana Moods Money Jungle The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Mingus
Mingus
Plays Piano Mingus
Mingus
Mingus
Mingus
Mingus
Mingus
Mingus
Mingus
Mingus Tonight at Noon Blue Bird Pithycanthropus Erectus Let My Children Hear Music Mingus
Mingus
Moves Changes One Changes Two Three or Four Shades of Blues Cumbia & Jazz
Jazz
Fusion Something Like a Bird Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
with Orchestra Reincarnation of a Lovebird

Live albums

Mingus at the Bohemia (1955) The Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
Quintet & Max Roach (1955) Jazz
Jazz
Portraits: Mingus
Mingus
in Wonderland (1959) Mingus at Antibes
Mingus at Antibes
(1960) The Complete Town Hall Concert
The Complete Town Hall Concert
(1962) Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
Sextet with Eric Dolphy Cornell 1964 (1964) Astral Weeks (1964) Town Hall Concert
Town Hall Concert
(1964) Revenge! (1964) The Great Concert of Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
(1964) Mingus in Europe Volume I
Mingus in Europe Volume I
(1964) Mingus in Europe Volume II
Mingus in Europe Volume II
(1964) Right Now: Live at the Jazz
Jazz
Workshop (1964) Mingus at Monterey
Mingus at Monterey
(1964) My Favorite Quintet
My Favorite Quintet
(1965) Music Written for Monterey 1965
Music Written for Monterey 1965
(1965) Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
Sextet In Berlin (1970) Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
and Friends in Concert (1972) Mingus at Carnegie Hall
Mingus at Carnegie Hall
(1974)

Books

Beneath the Underdog
Beneath the Underdog
(1971 autobiography)

Related

Discography Mingus
Mingus
Big Band Mingus
Mingus
Dynasty Sue Mingus Jazz
Jazz
at Massey Hall (1953) Weary Blues (1958) Newport Rebels
Newport Rebels
(1960) Money Jungle
Money Jungle
(1962) Pepper Adams Plays the Compositions of Charlie Mingus
Pepper Adams Plays the Compositions of Charlie Mingus
(1964) Mingus
Mingus
(1979) Epitaph (1990) Mingus: Charlie Mingus
Mingus
1968 Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog (1998 documentary) Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz
Jazz
Standard

v t e

Booker Ervin

Years given are for the recording(s), not first release, except when this was long delayed

As leader

The Book Cooks (1960) Cookin' (1960) That's It! (1961) Exultation!
Exultation!
(1963) Gumbo!
Gumbo!
(with Pony Poindexter, 1963) The Freedom Book
The Freedom Book
(1963) The Song Book
The Song Book
(1964) The Blues Book
The Blues Book
(1964) The Space Book (1964) Groovin' High (1963–64) The Trance (1965) Setting the Pace
Setting the Pace
(with Dexter Gordon, 1965) Heavy!!!
Heavy!!!
(1966) Structurally Sound (1966) Booker 'n' Brass (1967) The In Between (1968) Tex Book Tenor (1968) Back from the Gig
Back from the Gig
(with Horace Parlan, 2LP, 1963/68)

As sideman with Charles Mingus

Jazz
Jazz
Portraits: Mingus
Mingus
in Wonderland (1959) Mingus
Mingus
Ah Um (1959) Mingus Dynasty
Mingus Dynasty
(1959) Blues & Roots (1959) Mingus at Antibes
Mingus at Antibes
(1960 [1976]) Reincarnation of a Lovebird
Reincarnation of a Lovebird
(1960) Oh Yeah (1961) Tonight at Noon (1961 [1964]) Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
(1963)

As sideman with others

Hot Line (Bill Barron, 1962) Out Front! (Jaki Byard, 1964) Urge (Ted Curson, 1965) Cracklin'
Cracklin'
(Roy Haynes, 1963) In the Land of the Giants
In the Land of the Giants
(Eric Kloss, 1969) Havin' a Ball at the Village Gate (Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan, 1963) Up & Down (Horace Parlan, 1961) Happy Frame of Mind
Happy Frame of Mind
(Horace Parlan, 1963 [1988]) The Exciting New Organ of Don Patterson
The Exciting New Organ of Don Patterson
(Don Patterson) Hip Cake Walk
Hip Cake Walk
(Don Patterson, 1964) Patterson's People
Patterson's People
(Don Patterson, 1964) Tune Up! (Don Patterson, 1964 [1971]) Soul People
Soul People
(Sonny Stitt, 1964) The Quest (Mal Waldron, 1961) Highlife (Randy Weston, 1963) Randy/African Cookbook (Randy Weston, 1964) Monterey '66
Monterey '66
(Randy We

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