Charles Mingus: A Foggy Day


A Foggy Day


Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop


The Charles Mingus Quintet Plus Max Roach (Fantasy OJCCD 440-2)

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Charles Mingus (bass), Eddie Bert (trombone), George Barrow (tenor sax), Mal Waldron (piano),

Willie Jones (drums)


Composed by George & Ira Gershwin


Recorded: Cafe Bohemia, New York, December 23, 1955


Rating: 82/100 (learn more)

Don't be fooled by the album cover. Max Roach is not on this track. The introduction is promising -- an avant-garde grumbling and rumbling seems to announce the arrival of Free Jazz. Cecil Taylor would not issue his first recording until the following year, and Mal Waldron seems anxious to get the jump on him. But it only lasts twenty seconds. Perhaps the musicians were trying to imitate a foghorn to announce the arrival of their foggy day in London town. The rest of the track is fairly conventional, and one of Mingus's lesser efforts. Those looking for a more invigorating dose of the great bassist should fast forward a few years -- to "Haitian Fight Song" (from 1957) or "Better Git It In Your Soul" (from 1959) for better examples of his artistry.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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