Let My Children Hear Music

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Let My Children Hear Music
Studio album by Charles Mingus
Released 1972
Recorded September 23 – November 18, 1971
Genre Avant-garde jazz, Third stream
Length 59:33
Label Columbia
Producer Teo Macero
Charles Mingus chronology
Charles Mingus with Orchestra
Let My Children Hear Music
Charles Mingus and Friends in Concert
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Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

Let My Children Hear Music is an album released by Columbia Records in 1972 of music by composer Charles Mingus, produced by Teo Macero. The music is scored for large jazz orchestra and Mingus worked with several arrangers, orchestrators and conductors, most notably Sy Johnson and Alan Raph, to realize some of his most ambitious compositions. In the original liner notes, Mingus described it as "the best album I have ever made".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Charles Mingus.

  1. "The Shoes of the Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jiveass Slippers" – 9:34
  2. "Adagio ma Non Troppo" – 8:22
  3. "Don't Be Afraid, the Clown's Afraid Too" – 9:26
  4. "Taurus in the Arena of Life" – 4:17
  5. "Hobo Ho" – 10:07
  6. "The Chill of Death" – 7:38
  7. "The I of Hurricane Sue" – 10:09


  1. ^ Olewnick, Brian (2011). "Let My Children Hear Music - Charles Mingus | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 13 August 2011.