Charles Mingus records ‘The Clown,’ an album for Atlantic (1957)

Charles Mingus ‘The Clown’ is an album recorded on February 13 and March 12, 1957 and released the same year by Atlantic.

Track Listing : 1.Haitian Fight Song (Charles Mingus) – 11:57 . 2.Blue Cee (Charles Mingus) – 07:48 . 3.Reincarnation Of A Lovebird (Charles Mingus) – 08:31 . 4.The Clown (Charles Mingus) – 12:29

Musicians : Charles Mingus – Bass . Shafi Hadi – Alto And Tenor Saxophone . Jimmy Knepper – Trombone . Wade Legge – Piano . Dannie Richmond – Drums . Jean Shepherd – Narration

Production : Produced By Nesuhi Ertegün

Recorded On February 13 And March 12, 1957 At At Atlantic Studios, New York City.

Released In 1957 By Atlantic.

(Source Charles Mingus – The Clown | The Clown | The Official Site | Charles Mingus)


The title track is one of Mingus’ spoken word experiments – an improvised tragi-comic narrative from beat poet Jean Shepherd set to a lugubrious feature for Knepper. […]
Nonetheless I am in love with this record. It was recorded during a stage when Mingus seemed interested in exploring technical proficiency rather than the personality and ideas of his compositions. There’s no doubt, from the catchy and vibrant opening riff of “Haitian Fight Song” he makes his hunger for respect on his instrument known. […]

burtonrulez @ RateYourMusic
It’s pretty fun if you listen with an open mind though. The real gem of this albumand one of the highlight’s of Mingus’ catalogue is the opener, ‘Haitian Fighting Song’, a dark, spookyand often noisy masterpiece. The middle two tracks are classics as well. […]


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