Tonight at Noon (album)

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Tonight at Noon
Tonight at Noon (album).jpg
Studio album by Charles Mingus
Released June 1964[1]
Recorded March 12, 1957, and November 6, 1961
Genre Jazz
Length 38:08
Label Atlantic
Producer Joel Dorn
Charles Mingus chronology
Oh Yeah
(1961)Oh Yeah1961
Tonight at Noon
Money Jungle
(1962)Money Jungle1962

Tonight at Noon is an album by jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus released on the Atlantic label in 1964. It compiles tracks recorded at two sessions – the 1957 sessions for the album entitled The Clown and the 1961 sessions for Oh Yeah.[2] These tracks have since been added to the CD re-releases of their respective albums as bonus tracks.


The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 3 stars, stating: "While the former session features Mingus going for the blues via European harmonics and melodic approaches with hard bop tempos (particularly on the title track), the latter session with its nocturnal elegance and spatial irregularities comes off more as some kind of exercise in vanguard Ellington with sophisticated harmonies that give way to languid marches and gospel-tinged blues... Despite the fact that this is an assembled album, it holds plenty of magic nonetheless".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Charles Mingus
  1. "Tonight at Noon" – 6:00
  2. "Invisible Lady" – 4:51
  3. ""Old" Blues for Walt's Torin" [aka "Roland Kirk's Message"]– 7:57
  4. "Peggy's Blue Skylight" – 9:46
  5. "Passions of a Woman Loved" – 9:47
  • Recorded at Atlantic Studios in New York City on March 13, 1957 (tracks 1 & 5) and November 6, 1961



  1. ^ Liner notes to the remastered version of Oh Yeah
  2. ^ Charles Mingus discography accessed June 10, 2011
  3. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed June 10, 2011