Mingus Dynasty

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Mingus Dynasty
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Studio album by Charles Mingus
Released April 11, 1960[1]
Recorded November 1 and 13, 1959
CBS 30th Street Studio, New York City
Genre Post-bop[2]
Length 59:34 CD reissue
Label Columbia
CL 1440
Producer Teo Macero
Charles Mingus chronology
Mingus Ah Um
(1959)
Mingus Dynasty
(1960)
Pre Bird
(1960)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Down Beat
(Original Lp release)
4/5 stars[3]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]

Mingus Dynasty is a jazz album by Charles Mingus, recorded in 1959 for Columbia Records. It is the companion album to his other 1959 record Mingus Ah Um and was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. The album title references the Ming Dynasty [5] and harkens to Mingus' Chinese ancestry.[6] Tracks 1, 3, 4 and 5 would be originally released in their incomplete form, otherwise they wouldn't fit into a single LP. They were first released in their unedited form only in 1979 on vinyl, and in 1999 on CD. The cuts amount to about 8 minutes.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Charles Mingus except where noted.

  1. "Slop" - 6:16
  2. "Diane" - 7:32
  3. "Song With Orange" - 6:50
  4. "Gunslinging Bird" (Originally titled "If Charlie Parker Were a Gunslinger, There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats") - 5:14
  5. "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" (Mercer Ellington) - 7:36
  6. "Far Wells, Mill Valley" - 6:14
  7. "New Now Know How" - 4:13
  8. "Mood Indigo" (Barney Bigard, Duke Ellington) - 8:13
  9. "Put Me in That Dungeon" - 2:53
  10. "Strollin'" aka "Nostalgia in Times Square" (Mingus, George Gordon) Bonus track on CD - 4:33

Personnel[edit]

50th Anniversary Legacy Edition[edit]

In 2009 Sony's Legacy Recordings released a special 2-disc 50th Anniversary Edition of Mingus's seminal 1959 album Mingus Ah Um that also includes Mingus Dynasty in its entirety on the second disc.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mingus Ah Um 50th Anniversary booklet
  2. ^ The Absolute Sound (134): 55. February–March 2002. Mingus Ah Um and Mingus Dynasty are considered his best post-bop.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Down Beat: September 15, 1960 Vol. 27, No. 19
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ "Ming Dynasty." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2016.
  6. ^ Mingus, Charles. Beneath the Underdog; His World as Composed by Mingus. New York: Knopf, 1971. Print.
  7. ^ 2009 remastered CD liner notes
  8. ^ [1]. Accessed February 14, 2012
  9. ^ Album Review - Mingus Ah Um: Legacy Edition. Pitchfork.com. Accessed: January 11, 2009