Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus [Everest]

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Before bassist/bandleader Charles Mingus hit upon infusing bop with the emotionalism of soulful church music along with other elements, he experimented with various combinations of jazz and classical music. This budget LP features a rather eclectic lineup of musicians (cornetist Thad Jones, Teo Macero on tenor, clarinetist John LaPorta, cellist Jackson Wiley and drummer Clem DeRosa) with the ensemble stretching out on four complex originals and an unusual version of "What Is This Thing Called Love." Jones's solos are the most interesting part of this adventurous and often odd music.