Mingus Ah Um (album) by Charles Mingus

Mingus Ah Um
Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus
Year: 1959
Overall rank: 260th   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 (260th)
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Charles Mingus bestography

Mingus Ah Um is ranked 2nd best out of 48 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 113 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 15,261.

Charles Mingus album bestography « Higher ranked (113th) This album (259th) Lower ranked (1,091st) »
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 84.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 84.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.1.

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From 10/20/2019 16:30
Fantástico! Fronteira do Bop com Free Jazz!
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From 08/08/2019 15:07
To my untrained ear, most this album sounds like, for lack of a better word, "regular" jazz. I don't know much about jazz but it sounds much more pedestrian than what would come after it. I'm still somewhat new to the genre but I prefer the more inventive records. That being said, this album is perfectly fine to do just about anything to.
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From 06/17/2019 14:38
"Mingus Ah Um" is, in my opinion, the ideal album to discover the giant genius Charles Mingus. Those who do not like jazz should start with this album, it contains all the pleasant elements of jazz. This record dates from 1959, and yet, the quality of the recording is superb. This album is one of the best record for chill. Mingus touches everything: bop, free jazz, new orleans, while keeping his personality. The arrangements are grandiose, Ervin and Handy (sax) give me a huge slap, and the rhythm section composed of Dannie Richmond (d) and, of course, Charles Mingus (cb) is exceptional. One of the best jazz record of all times.

9/10

Best track: "Better Git It In Your Soul"
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From 07/19/2018 14:01
Some hints of forwardness but mostly wallpaper jazz scales. Great musicians and great sound though.
An interesting but not brilliant album.
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80/100
From 02/19/2018 01:26
It's obviously a great album, but I think he topped himself on Blues & Roots
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From 12/28/2017 19:10
Up there with Giant Steps and Kind of Blue as among my absolute favorite jazz records.
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75/100
From 10/30/2017 19:58
A nice listen
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From 08/07/2017 23:23
An extraordinary work. Probably Mingus' 8th best album -- the idea of which sheds light on just how amazing he was (the greatest jazz artist of all time).

1. The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady
2. Let My Children Hear Music
3. Epitaph
4. Presents Charles Mingus
5. Tijuana Moods
6. Oh Yeah
7. Pithecanthropus Erectus
8. Mingus Ah Um

...and so on
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85/100
From 08/07/2017 18:57
The Jazz I prefer tends to be more like Black Saint and the Sinner Lady so I never gave this album the proper chance. Damn this is good, better than Black Saint and the Sinner Lady in my opinion. Makes me feel alive.
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From 03/04/2017 01:07
His greatest work. This album still has the same effect on me a dozen years since I first dug it. Bird Calls, an erratic, rough tune that jams off a flycatcher he must've heard somewhere in his wandering. A flycatcher! Who the hell would make a jam on the complaining trill of a flycatcher? Mingus could. He had the best band for its size. They were so tight together. Dannie Richmond kills me! And Portrait in 3 Colors still makes my heart melt. Even the outtakes added to later additions are amazing. This album is as sweet as KOB, smokes as hard as Miles Smiles, and has more lasting power than all my favorites. This is a great place to start digging Mingus, as his modality will catch on here, and the other more repetitive motifs will make sense later as your enthusiasm takes off. Mingus is like Monk in this way. Initial listens leave you wondering what the big deal is, and the hooks start to accumulate. Both had perfect meters, and the tightest rhythm sections, but Mingus had a fuller vision, and fuller sound.
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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. Chuck Berry Is On Top by Chuck Berry
7. Moanin' In The Moonlight by Howlin' Wolf
8. The Genius Of Ray Charles by Ray Charles
9. Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs by Marty Robbins
10. Chega De Saudade by João Gilberto
11. What'd I Say by Ray Charles
12. N° 4 by Jacques Brel
13. Chet by Chet Baker
14. Ritchie Valens by Ritchie Valens
15. Jazz In Silhouette by Sun Ra And His Arkestra
16. Workin' With The Miles Davis Quintet by Miles Davis Quintet
17. Go Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley
18. House Of The Blues by John Lee Hooker
19. Come Dance With Me! by Frank Sinatra
20. Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Songbook by Ella Fitzgerald
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