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Mingus: Finding Beauty in the Edges of the Imagination

In honor of Mingus’ birthday I am reblogging the rather long post I did about him some time ago.-Derek

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Some composers and musicians are purists, intent on remaining in a specific tradition without altering it greatly. Others are, for lack of a better term, “musical anarchists” intent on destroying every rule and barrier set before them. Finally there are those who fall far from either extreme, but more importantly are able to hold to various traditions while simultaneously challenging them. Charles Mingus is someone that can be considered a member of this third group. A musical renaissance man, Mingus could be as comfortable following contrapuntal rules as he could deconstructing the jazz structures of his contemporaries. He truly was an individual without boundaries to his imagination, and it was his curiosity that set him apart. In order to truly understand, rather begin to understand, the music Charles wrote, one must study his life. It is this concept that this post will focus on, taking both Mingus’ biography and his…

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2 responses

  1. mikeslayen

    Always been a Mingus fan!, Nice post!

    April 27, 2015 at 7:21 pm

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