Artist Profile

Mingus At 100 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

The greatest ones go by one name. Born 100 years ago on April 22, Charles Mingus is one of the true absolute giants of jazz, one of the greatest of the greats. A bass player who pioneered the modern conception of the instrument, a brilliant composer who put together some of the bluesiest and most soulful sounds in jazz—and essential parts of the canon, like “Goodbye Porkpie Hat”—while also creating a unique modern compositional method. A musician who played with the greatest of the greats, like Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington, and also put together bands that featured legends like Eric Dolphy and Jaki Byard (and was also subject of, and recorded on, Joni Mitchell’s extraordinary Mingus album).