Charles Mingus has a fascinating way of offering music that is grounded in tradition while remaining startlingly original. The freshness of a piece like Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus, has the effect of rendering much of what passes for Jazz as tedious. The band is small for Mingus, and includes Eric Dolphy on alto saxophone and bass clarinet, Ted Curson on trumpet, and Dannie Richmond on drums. The album accomplishes what the best of Mingus accomplishes: The perfect tension between Jazz played as an ensemble and Jazz played as totally free. 180 gram vinyl.
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