Mingus Ah Um (studio album) by Charles Mingus

Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus
Year: 1959
Overall rank: 229th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Award Top 5 albums of 1959 (2nd)
Award Top 10 albums of the 1950s (2nd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (229th)
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Charles Mingus bestography

Mingus Ah Um is ranked 2nd best out of 52 albums by Charles Mingus on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Charles Mingus is The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady which is ranked number 92 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 14,074.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 84.4/100, a mean average of 83.7/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 84.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.8.

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From 12/21/2023 22:42
Tracks 2-7 are exceptional. "Fables of Faubus" is particularly memorable. 9.5/10!
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From 08/07/2022 04:43
Fave songs: Better Git It In Your Soul, Fables of Faubus, and Boogie.
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From 05/21/2022 09:58
This album is immense and the quality that is presented for us is nothing short of astounding. Every time I listen to this record I am just waiting for it to become dull but that time never comes. Mingus maintains this infectious energy the whole way through which has you toe tapping without you even realising you are. The record really explodes onto the scene with one of my favourite ever pieces by Mingus which is Better Get Hit In Your Soul. The performances we get on this track are phenomenal with my favourite being the drum solos we get near the close of the song. They are vibrant and fun whilst never losing the flow or feel of the music they are going for. This standard is then continued throughout the rest of the release with every performer being given their time to shine and all of them take that moment and sound amazing. Overall, this is a masterpiece in jazz music and adds to the already very strong argument that 1959 is the best year for jazz music.
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From 04/05/2022 15:47
A great album in variety, ability, sound, and accessibility. Classic status, A+
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From 02/09/2022 17:23
One of my favourite jazz album of all time.
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From 02/04/2022 18:05
Absolutely solid
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From 11/10/2021 19:44
One of my favorite toe-tappers to get into.
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From 09/01/2021 16:38
A breath of fresh air after listening to a lot of Miles Davis. Love Miles Davis, but his flavor of jazz is really dark, bordering on evil. Mingus Ah Um is light and vibrant and makes you tap your toe the entire time.
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From 01/18/2021 20:57
Sounds great, but having been exposed to Black Saint in college, I was surprised by how comparatively conventional this feels, released only four years prior.
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From 10/22/2020 09:56
The greatest Ive heard from him yet. Im ready to say that it's more mature than Clown or Erectus, who sometimes go all over the place for bass solos. For me, theres a point where trying to be too inventive ruins the music, Mingus Ah Um does NOT do that.

Masterpiece.
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Best Albums of 1959
1. Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis
2. Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus
3. Time Out by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
4. The Shape Of Jazz To Come by Ornette Coleman
5. Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
6. Berry Is On Top by Chuck Berry
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14. Porgy And Bess by Miles Davis
15. Ritchie Valens by Ritchie Valens
16. Chet by Chet Baker
17. Jazz In Silhouette by Sun Ra And His Arkestra
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