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Mingus Plays Piano: Spontaneous Compositions and Improvisations

Charles Mingus

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1
Myself When I Am Real
Charles Mingus
7:33
2
I Can't Get Started
Charles Mingus
3:40
3
Body And Soul
Charles Mingus
4:30
4
Roland Kirk's Message
Charles Mingus
2:39
5
Memories Of You
Charles Mingus
4:33
6
She's Just Miss Popular Hybrid
Charles Mingus
3:08
7
Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Silk Blues
Charles Mingus
4:14
8
Meditations For Moses
Charles Mingus
3:38
9
Old Portrait
Charles Mingus
3:45
10
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
Charles Mingus
3:43
Total Playing Time    41:23
"To what can Mingus’ piano playing be compared? “Myself When I Am Real” sounds like Debussy plays Bill Evans, or maybe it’s the other way around... Anything by Mingus is worth hearing; Mingus Plays Piano should be in the first rank — so far from a mere novelty as to be one of this great artist’s finest hours."
- Robert Spencer, All About Jazz

"Though he doesn’t have great piano technique, Mingus stays within his limitations; he doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. Most of the time his playing’s pensive and harmonically intriguing. While his main instrument was bass, many pianists would be happy to play as creatively as he does here."
- Harvey Pekar, JazzTimes

Far from the novelty record the title may suggest, Mingus Plays Piano is a gorgeous album that showcases the legendary bass player's innate musicality and ear for arranging. His solo piano performances of standards and originals on this recording are orchestral in style with plenty of rubato and harmonic imagination. Mingus's unpredictable genius knows no bounds, nor his charm, which clearly cannot be contained to the upright bass alone.
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This album contains high-resolution digital transfers of material originating from an analogue master source.

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