Let My Children Hear Music

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Let My Children Hear Music
Studio album by Charles Mingus
Released January/February 1972[1]
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
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 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


  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. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 141. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.