JAZZ musicians, AFRICAN American composers, JAZZ -- History, FREE jazz, RACIAL identity of African Americans, TWENTIETH century, and UNITED States
The article looks at the life and career of jazz musician and composer Charles Mingus, focusing in the evolution of his musical style and his respect for jazz tradition and history. Topics include his criticisms of free-form jazz musicians such as Ornette Coleman, his exploration of his identity as an African American, and his 1964 political composition “Meditations on Integration."
Mingus, Charles, 1922-1979., Goodman, John F, 1934-, and Mingus, Charles, 1922-1979.
Jazz musicians -- Interviews., Jazz musicians., and Interviews.
Charles Mingus is among jazz's greatest composers and perhaps its most talented bass player. He was blunt and outspoken about the place of jazz in music history and American culture, about which performers were the real thing (or not), and much more. These in-depth interviews, conducted several years before Mingus died, capture the composer's spirit and voice, revealing how he saw himself as composer and performer, how he viewed his peers and predecessors, how he created his extraordinary music, and how he looked at race. Augmented with interviews and commentary by ten close associates--including Mingus's wife Sue, Teo Macero, George Wein, and Sy Johnson--Mingus Speaks provides a wealth of new perspectives on the musician's life and career. As a writer for Playboy, John F. Goodman reviewed Mingus's comeback concert in 1972 and went on to achieve an intimacy with the composer that brings a relaxed and candid tone to the ensuing interviews. Much of what Mingus shares shows him in a new light: his personality, his passions and sense of humor, and his thoughts on music. The conversations are wide-ranging, shedding fresh light on important milestones in Mingus's life such as the publication of his memoir, Beneath the Underdog, the famous Tijuana episodes, his relationships, and the jazz business [Publisher description].
COMPOSERS, MUSICAL composition, BLUES music, AFRICAN American music, ESSENTIALISM (Philosophy), and STRUCTURALISM
The article discusses several writings of composer Charles Mingus. He composed several blues music including "Beneath the Underdog" and "The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady," which provides useful possibilities on political implementations that operated in accordance of essentialism. It is stated that the anti-essentialist critical position can expect contemporary poststructuralist theory's potentialities as a site of discursive reformulation. According to Scott Saul, Mingus can be compared like a balladeer, screamer, preacher, pornographer and composer of all ages.
Lists jazz masterpieces made between 1954 and 1977. Details on Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers' `Stop Time'; Comments on the music of Clifford Brown and Max Roach; `Miles Ahead,' performed by Miles Davis; Opinion on Charles Mingus' style; Place of jazz in the history of Western music.
Canadian Review of American Studies. 1997, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p45. 26p.
JAZZ musicians, CRITICISM, and BIOGRAPHIES
Presents an interpretation and criticism of the fictionalized autobiography `Beneath the Underdog,' by jazz musician Charles Mingus. General impression of the book; Mingus' presentation of his reminiscences using a psychoanalytic frame; Features and themes of autobiographies written by African Americans; Mingus' understanding of jazz music which is evident in his musical works.
JAZZ singers, MUSICAL performance, and AUTOBIOGRAPHY
The article focuses on the musical journey and success of Charles Mingus, a jazz singer. A gargantuan figure was known for his dynamic, intense and challenging musical vision. His stature was recently been validated by several organs of official culture. "Beneath the Underdog," his autobiography" was reprinted a couple of years ago by Vintage in a new trade-paperback format. From 1950, when he first came to national attention with the Red Norvo Trio, Mingus fit the definition of an important jazz player, he pushed the envelope of possibility on his instrument and, in the process, reinvented its very nature.
CASUALTIES in the Afghan War, 2001-, CIVILIAN war casualties, and MUSICIANS
Letters to the editor are offered in response to “America’s Afghan Victims” by Bob Dreyfuss and Nick Turse and “An Argument With Instruments," a profile of musician Charles Mingus by Adam Shatz in the October 7, 2013 issue, and Chris Lehmann's September 30, 2013 review of the book "The Unwinding."