Charles Mingus

Reevaluation: The Impulse Years

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This long out-of-print two-LP set not only sums up Charles Mingus's brief period with Impulse but almost reissues his complete output for the label. All six parts of "The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady" are here along with five of the seven selections from Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, two numbers from his solo piano record and one performance ("Freedom") only previously available on a sampler. There are many memorable moments on this set (particularly the definitive version of "Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul" and Eric Dolphy's violent alto solo on "Hora Decubitus"). Classic music although it is preferable to acquire the individual sets.