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By John Goodman,Sy Johnson

Charles Mingus is between jazz’s maximum composers and maybe its such a lot proficient bass participant. He was once blunt and outspoken concerning the position of jazz in tune historical past and American tradition, approximately which performers have been the genuine factor (or not), and lots more and plenty extra. those in-depth interviews, carried out a number of years sooner than Mingus died, trap the composer’s spirit and voice, revealing how he observed himself as composer and performer, how he seen his friends and predecessors, how he created his impressive song, and the way he checked out race. Augmented with interviews and statement via ten shut associates—including Mingus’s spouse Sue, Teo Macero, George Wein, and Sy Johnson—Mingus Speaks presents a wealth of latest views at the musician’s lifestyles and career.

As a author for Playboy, John F. Goodman reviewed Mingus’s comeback live performance in 1972 and went directly to in achieving an intimacy with the composer that brings a peaceful and candid tone to the consequent interviews. a lot of what Mingus stocks exhibits him in a brand new gentle: his character, his passions and humorousness, and his concepts on song. The conversations are wide-ranging, laying off clean gentle on vital milestones in Mingus’s existence resembling the e-book of his memoir, Beneath the Underdog, the recognized Tijuana episodes, his relationships, and the jazz business.

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