Charles Mingus: Flamingo

Track

Flamingo

Artist

CD

Tijuana Moods (Bluebird: 09026-63840-2)

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Musicians:

Charles Mingus (bass), Jimmy Knepper (trombone), Dannie Richmond (drums),

Clarence Shaw (trumpet), Shafi Hadi (alto saxophone), Bill Triglia (piano)

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Composed by Edmund Anderson and Ted Grouya

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Recorded: New York, City, NY. August 6, 1957

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Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

It would be difficult to get to the heart of what makes this track so special to me. The programmatic nature of the composition evokes strong pictures in my mind as opposed to just laying down some changes for the soloists to blow over. Mingus paints with his writing and his musicians like no one else -- this is a beautiful example. While it sounds like most of the composition is written out, that doesn’t take anything away from the majesty of every note.

Reviewer: Frank Murphy

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