Mingus Plays Piano

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Mingus Plays Piano
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Studio album by Charles Mingus
Released 1963
Recorded July 30, 1963
Genre Jazz
Length 50:03
Label Impulse!
Producer Bob Thiele
Charles Mingus chronology
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Mingus Plays Piano
Charles Mingus Sextet with Eric Dolphy Cornell 1964
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Mingus Plays Piano is a 1963 solo jazz album by Charles Mingus. The album is notable for Mingus's departure from his usual role as composer and double-bassist in ensemble recordings, instead playing piano without any additional musicians.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Myself When I Am Real" – 7:38
  2. "I Can't Get Started" (Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin) – 3:43
  3. "Body and Soul" (Frank Eyton, Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour) – 4:35
  4. "Roland Kirk's Message" – 2:43
  5. "Memories of You" (Eubie Blake, Andy Razaf) – 4:37
  6. "She's Just Miss Popular Hybrid" - 3:11
  7. "Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Silk Blue" – 4:18
  8. "Meditations for Moses" - 3:38
  9. "Old Portrait" - 3:49
  10. "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" (George Bassman, Ned Washington) – 3:46
  11. Compositional Theme Story: "Medleys, Anthems and Folklore" – 8:35

All music composed by Charles Mingus unless otherwise noted.




  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Mingus Plays Piano - Charles Mingus | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 140. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.