The Jazz Experiments of Charlie Mingus

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The Jazz Experiments of Charlie Mingus
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Studio album by Charles Mingus
Released 1955
Recorded December 1954
Genre Jazz
Length 46:27
Label Bethlehem, London (UK)
Charles Mingus chronology
Jazz Composers Workshop
The Jazz Experiments of Charlie Mingus
Mingus at the Bohemia
Jazzical Moods Vol. 1 Cover
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The Jazz Experiments of Charlie Mingus is an album by jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus released on the Bethlehem label.[1] The album is a compilation of tracks originally released by Period Records as two 10-inch LP's entitled Jazzical Moods and co-credited to John LaPorta.[2]


The Allmusic review by Heather Phares awarded the album 3 stars stating "These 1954 Period Records sessions include the work of Thad Jones on trumpet and John LaPorta on clarinet and alto sax, combine old and new forms of classical and jazz for a cool jazz sound. Tracks like "Minor Intrusion" and "Thrice Upon a Time" demonstrate the synergy between Mingus and his players, and display his compositional skills".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Charles Mingus except as indicated
  1. "What Is This Thing Called Love?" (Cole Porter) - 8:14
  2. "Minor Intrusion" - 10:23
  3. "Stormy Weather" (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) - 3:21
  4. "Four Hands" (John LaPorta, Mingus) - 8:59
  5. "Thrice Upon a Theme" - 6:47
  6. "The Spur of the Moment" (LaPorta) - 8:43
  • Recorded in New York in December 1954



  1. ^ Charles Mingus discography accessed June 8, 2011
  2. ^ Mingus, C. Liner notes to The Jazz Experiments of Charlie Mingus
  3. ^ a b Phares, H. Allmusic Review accessed June 8, 2011