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Mingus Ah Um (album) by Charles Mingus 

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Mingus Ah Um
Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus (1959)
Overall rank: 298th   Overall chart history
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84/100 (from 503 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1959 (2nd)
Top 10 albums of the 1950s (2nd)
Top 500 albums of all time (298th)

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Charles Mingus bestography

Mingus Ah Um is ranked 2nd best out of 38 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 141 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 18,408.

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Members who like this album also like: Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis, The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady by Charles Mingus and Time Out by The Dave Brubeck Quartet.

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Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 503 votes)
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12/13/2018 20:16
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70/100
From JoaoMoreira 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 thirstyDog 02/19/2018 01:26
It's obviously a great album, but I think he topped himself on Blues & Roots
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90/100
From HoldenM 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 JulianR 10/30/2017 19:58
A nice listen
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From AfterHours 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 Scoott 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 Patrickmcconnell 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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From Nobodyisemo 06/24/2016 05:10
It's not instant love, like it was for 'Black Saint...'. It's messier, less focused, but it's rowdy, rather consistent fun.
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From souplipton 06/07/2016 23:37
Another jazz album from 1959, another classic. A top 5 pre-Beatles album, Mingus Ah Um is an increduble album that both looks back at jazz's early sound, and forward to ways that the music could be expanded. Mingus was able to do so much with his bands, which had more ability in its band of less than ten than most big bands had. Mingus' bands had the ability to sound like a small quintet and a bug band due to its size, and Mingus is able to explore both of the these sounds on thus album, to excellent effect.
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90/100
From AAL2014 06/01/2016 04:08
Only my first listen, but damn I'm already in love with what I heard. This record holds up so well being almost 60 years old. Can't wait to listen again.
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