Mingus (Charles Mingus album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober or November 1961[1][2]
Recorded20 October and 11 November 1960 at Nola Penthouse Sound Studios, New York City
LabelCandid CJM-8021/CJS-9021
Charles Mingus chronology
Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus
Newport Rebels
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[3]
Down Beat4/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[5]

Mingus is an album by jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus. The album was recorded in October and November 1960 in New York for Nat Hentoff's Candid label.


At this time Mingus was working regularly with a piano-less quartet featuring Eric Dolphy, Ted Curson and Dannie Richmond, as heard on the Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus album also recorded in November 1960. The Mingus album features one track, "Stormy Weather", recorded by the same quartet, plus two tracks recorded by a larger group featuring piano and additional horns.

The track "M.D.M." weaves together the themes from three compositions: Duke Ellington's "Main Stem", Thelonious Monk's "Straight, No Chaser" and Mingus's own "Fifty-First Street Blues". The track "Lock 'Em Up" was inspired by a period of treatment that Mingus describes undergoing in his autobiography Beneath the Underdog, at New York's Bellevue psychiatric facility.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "M.D.M. (Monk, Duke and Me)" – 19:49
  2. "Stormy Weather"* – 13:23
  3. "Lock 'Em Up (Hellview of Bellevue)" – 6:40
All compositions by Charles Mingus except * by Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler

Barnaby reissue track listing[edit]

In April, 1974, Barnaby Records reissued this album as Mingus: The Candid Recordings (KZ-31034), adding the track "Vasserlean", which had appeared only on a 1961 Candid Records Various Artists collection called Jazz Life (CJM-8019/CJS-9019). The new track listing was:

  1. "M.D.M. (Monk, Duke and Me)" – 19:49
  2. "Vasserlean" – 6:35
  3. "Stormy Weather" – 13:23
  4. "Lock 'Em Up (Hellview of Bellevue)" – 6:40

Jazz Man reissue track listing[edit]

In 1980, Jazz Man Records reissued this album under its original Candid title, "Mingus" (JAZ-5002), also including the track "Vasserlean." The track listing was:

  1. "Stormy Weather" – 13:23
  2. "Lock 'Em Up (Hellview of Bellevue)" – 6:40
  3. "M.D.M. (Monk, Duke and Me)" – 19:49
  4. "Vasserlean" – 6:35



  1. ^ "New LP Releases". Billboard Music Week. The Billboard Publishing Co. 23 October 1961. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Reviews of New Albums". Billboard Music Week. The Billboard Publishing Co. 6 November 1961. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  3. ^ Proefrock., Stacia (2011). "Mingus - Charles Mingus | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  4. ^ Down Beat: February 1, 1962 vol. 29, no. 3
  5. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 142. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.