Three or Four Shades of Blues

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Three or Four Shades of Blues
Studio album by Charles Mingus
Released 1977 (1977)
Recorded March 9, 10 & 29, 1977
Genre Jazz
Length 44:13
Label Atlantic
Charles Mingus chronology
Changes Two
Three or Four Shades of Blues
Cumbia & Jazz Fusion
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Three or Four Shades of Blues is an album by Charles Mingus recorded for the Atlantic label in 1977. It features two new versions of Mingus' "standards" and three new compositions performed by large ensembles featuring Jack Walrath, Ricky Ford, George Coleman, Sonny Fortune, Jimmy Rowles, Philip Catherine, Larry Coryell, John Scofield, Ron Carter, George Mraz and Dannie Richmond. The Allmusic review by Stuart Kremsky states that the album is "Not his best work, but not without merit".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul" – 4:35
  2. "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" – 7:00
  3. "Noddin Ya Head Blues" – 10:29
  4. "Three or Four Shades of Blues" – 12:03
  5. "Nobody Knows" – 10:06
All compositions by Charles Mingus
  • Recorded on March 9 (tracks 1–3), March 11 (track 5) and March 29 (track 4), 1977 in NYC.



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Kremsky, S. Allmusic Review accessed April 15, 2009.