Jazz 100
Charles Mingus
The Best Jazz Ever Released Digitally


Shop Amazon


Shop at Amazon USA

Shop at Amazon UK

Jazz At Massey Hall
The Quintet (featuring Charlie Parker)
1952 [Debut]


Download unrestricted MP3s

Live date featuring altoist Charlie Parker fronting an all-star bop line-up that included Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, drummer Max Roach, and Charles Mingus. Parker was Bop's greatest icon. Despite his battles with the heroin addiction that was to prove his undoing, this stands out as one of the most exciting live recordings in jazz history.





Shop Amazon


Shop at Amazon USA

Shop at Amazon UK

Pithecanthropus Erectus
Charles Mingus
1956 [Atlantic]


Download unrestricted MP3s

Bop's premier bassist finds himself at the precipice. By the mid-50s several different stylistic directions had emerged. "Post-bop" would become the favoured term to describe music that still contained recognisable elements of classic bebop, while at the same time offering something new. Mingus offered intensity and sound-effects.





Shop Amazon


Shop at Amazon USA

Shop at Amazon UK

Blues & Roots
Charles Mingus
1959 [Atlantic]


Download unrestricted MP3s

Made largely in response to criticism of his previous albums, Mingus got back to brilliant basics. This is an evocative blend of blues, gospel, and old-time New Orleans jazz - all done with a distinctive Mingus touch. The support includes Jackie McLean on alto, Booker Ervin on tenor, and a prominent Pepper Adams on baritone.





Shop Amazon


Shop at Amazon USA

Shop at Amazon UK

Mingus Ah Um
Charles Mingus
1959 [Columbia]


Download unrestricted MP3s

Mingus pays homage to jazz history through tracks laced with gospel, soul, blues, swing, hard bop and a touch of the avant-garde. The bassist would go on to record at least three more great records in the coming decade. This album, however, is the best place to start for listeners looking for a soulful introduction to this great musician's work.





Shop Amazon


Shop at Amazon USA

Shop at Amazon UK

Tijuana Moods
Charles Mingus
1962 [RCA Victor]


Download unrestricted MP3s

There are a few expanded versions of this album getting around, including one titled New Tijuana Moods. At a minimum, make sure to get at least a six-track set that includes the spoken 'A Colloquial Dream'. Recorded in 1957 and delayed five years in release, this is a hidden gem that ranks as one of Mingus' best.





Shop Amazon


Shop at Amazon USA

Shop at Amazon UK

Money Jungle
Duke Ellington (w/ Mingus & Roach)
1962 [United Artists]


Download unrestricted MP3s

The CD reissue of this exciting record has bassist Charles Mingus sounding more a part of things than on the original LP. Drummer Max Roach obviously relished every moment with the Duke. With Ellington out of contract at the time, it was a stroke of luck that United Artists was able to put together this combination. Gets better with age.





Shop Amazon


Shop at Amazon USA

Shop at Amazon UK

Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus
Charles Mingus
1963 [Impulse!]


Download unrestricted MP3s

Perhaps the last truly great Mingus album, here he freely reinvents some of his best known compositions from the past. The record also served as a prelude to Mingus' legendary 1964 tour of Europe, with pianist Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy featuring on some of the album's finer moments. A highly inventive record despite all the repeats.





Shop Amazon


Shop at Amazon USA

Shop at Amazon UK

The Black Saint & the Sinner Lady
Charles Mingus
1963 [Impulse!]


Download unrestricted MP3s

A mesmerising suite of extended forays from the somewhat eclectic "New Folk Band". Written as a six-part ballet about a tortured soul, the accompanying liner-note from Mingus' psychiatrist had record company nerves on edge. Also unusual for jazz records of the time, Mingus makes extensive use of overdubbing in the album's production.


Search the site with...
only search Jazz 100
Best viewed in...
1. Firefox
2. Internet Explorer
3. Safari
4. Google Chrome
Shop Amazon Shop at Amazon USA Shop at Amazon UK
Shop Amazon Shop at Amazon USA Shop at Amazon UK
Shop Amazon Shop at Amazon USA Shop at Amazon UK