Cumbia & Jazz Fusion

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Cumbia & Jazz Fusion
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Studio album by Charles Mingus
Released 1978 (1978)
Recorded March 29-31,1976 at Sound WorkShop and Dirmaphon Studio, Rome, Italy; March 1 & March l0, 1977 in NYC
Genre Jazz
Length 50:16
Label Atlantic
Producer Ilhan Mimaroglu, Daniele Senatore
Charles Mingus chronology
Three or Four Shades of Blues
(1977)Three or Four Shades of Blues1977
Cumbia & Jazz Fusion
The Music of Charles Mingus
(1979)The Music of Charles Mingus1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[2]
The Village Voice B+[3]

Cumbia & Jazz Fusion is an album by Charles Mingus recorded for the Atlantic label in 1977. It features two extended compositions written for the film Todo Modo by Mingus and performed by large ensembles featuring Jack Walrath, Jimmy Knepper, Paul Jeffrey, Ricky Ford, Dannie Richmond, Candido, Ray Mantilla, George Adams and Danny Mixon. The first two tracks on the album were inspired by Colombian Cumbia.[4] The CD reissue added two solo performances by Mingus on piano.

Critical reception[edit]

Village Voice critic Robert Christgau felt Cumbia & Jazz Fusion's loftier compositions suggested Mingus was more of an "important jazz eccentric" rather than a "great": "The 27-minute title fantasia is rich, lively, irreverent, and enjoyable, but it's marred by overly atmospheric Hollywood-at-the-carnival moments, while the kitschy assumed seriousness of 'Music for Todo Modo' almost ruins its fresh big-band colors."[3] AllMusic critic Scott Yanow later wrote, "The music is episodic but generally holds its own away from the film".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Charles Mingus

No. Title recording date Length
1. "Cumbia and Jazz Fusion" March 10, 1977 28:05
2. "Music for "Todo Modo"" March 29-31, 1976 22:21
3. "Wedding March/Slow Waltz" March 1, 1977 2:04
4. "Wedding March/Slow Waltz [alternate take]" March 1, 1977 2:21

Tracks 3 & 4 Bonus track on CD



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 141. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ a b Village Voice review
  4. ^ Rhythm and Roots Blog:
  5. ^ Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed April 15, 2009.