USA, 1959, post-bop

Charles MingusMingus Ah Um

The gospel-tinged shouting in the background of the first track, the explosions of joy on the horns, the constant underlying boogie throughout that reaches heights as easily as it does depths–all this starts this amazing jazz album off with an unforgettable beginning. The whole album alternates pretty consistently between smooth ‘n lazy and jumping ‘n energetic. From beginning to end, this album feels like the stages of an all-night party.

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