Jazz Composers Workshop

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Jazz Composers Workshop
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Studio album by Charles Mingus
Released April 1956[1]
Recorded October 31, 1954 (#1-4, 9-10)
January 30, 1955 (#5-8)
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
Genre Jazz
Length 41:25
Label Savoy
MG 12059
Producer Ozzie Cadena
Charles Mingus chronology
Jazz Composers Workshop
The Jazz Experiments of Charlie Mingus
(1955)The Jazz Experiments of Charlie Mingus1955

Jazz Composers Workshop is an album featuring jazz bassist Charles Mingus. It combines the earlier album Moods of Mingus with a Wally Cirillo session released earlier on the album Wally Cirillo & Bobby Scott. It was released on the Savoy label.[2]


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 2½ stars stating "The complex music on this LP finds bassist Charles Mingus looking toward contemporary classical music in some of the rather cool-toned arrangements. It was not until later in 1955 that he found the right combination of influences in which to express himself best but these slightly earlier performances have their moments".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Charles Mingus except as indicated
  1. "Purple Heart" - 5:36
  2. "Gregarian Chant" - 2:51
  3. "Eulogy for Rudy Williams" - 6:22
  4. "Tea for Two" - 6:19 (Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans)
  5. "Smog L.A." - 3:14 (Wally Cirillo)
  6. "Level Seven" - 4:17 (Cirillo)
  7. "Transeason" - 4:23 (Cirillo)
  8. "Rose Geranium" - 4:13 (Cirillo)
  9. "Getting Together" - 4:41
  10. "Body and Soul (Alternate Take 1)" - 3:07 On CD reissue



  1. ^ Billboard Apr 28, 1956
  2. ^ Charles Mingus discography accessed June 8, 2011
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed June 8, 2011
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 141. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.