20 Mingus Essentials

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Ultimately, Mingus’s uncompromising quest to bring his artistic visions to life ultimately won him the respect and admiration of many. Despite being a fearless modernist who broke new ground and helped to revolutionize jazz, Mingus’ sound was firmly rooted in tradition. He distilled blues, gospel music, New Orleans-style jazz, and even classical music to arrive at a sound that was like no other in jazz.

For the novice, Charles Mingus’s catalogue can be hard to navigate, but the 20 essential pieces spotlighted below offer an introduction whose aim is to facilitate a deeper exploration of the bassist/composer’s extensive repertoire.