Let My Children Hear Music

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Let My Children Hear Music
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary/February 1972[1]
RecordedSeptember 23 – November 18, 1971
GenreAvant-garde jazz, third stream
ProducerTeo Macero
Charles Mingus chronology
Charles Mingus with Orchestra
Let My Children Hear Music
Charles Mingus and Friends in Concert
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[3]

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".

Mingus was nominated for the 1973 Grammy Award for Best Album Notes (Non-Classical) for the album, losing to Tom T. Hall for Tom T. Hall's Greatest Hits.

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 (on CD reissue)
  5. "Hobo Ho" – 10:07
  6. "The Chill of Death" – 7:38
  7. "The I of Hurricane Sue" – 10:09


The soloists are listed below:[4]


  1. ^ Billboard Mar 18, 1972
  2. ^ Olewnick, Brian (2011). "Let My Children Hear Music - Charles Mingus | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 141. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ Booklet from 1992 Columbia Legacy CD