Charles Mingus: II B.S.





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Charles Mingus (bass), Britt Woodman (trombone), Jerome Richardson (reeds), Eric Dolphy (reeds), Booker Ervin (tenor sax), Jaki Byard (piano),

Eddie Preston (trumpet), Richard Williams (trumpet), Don Butterfield (tuba), Dick Hafer (reeds), Walter Perkins (drums)


Composed by Charles Mingus


Recorded: New York, September 20, 1963


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

“II B.S.” is a slightly different – shorter and more concentrated – version of “Haitian Fight Song”, which Mingus recorded with a smaller band on The Clown in 1957. It is a great example of his sense of construction: dynamic, powerful bass intro, after which each instrument comes in, building the melody and harmony by touches with a strong, Ellington-inspired “jungle” feeling. Booker Ervin’s tenor solo is the climax of this “battle song,” which manages to be both supremely organized and bubbling with spontaneity, thanks to Mingus’s writing -- and to the backbone his bass and Perkins’s drums offer their colleagues all the way through the performance.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum


  • 1 Gabe // Jan 17, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    Love this songs non-stop ripping and tearing, a great song to commit crimes to.
  • 2 Stringer Bell // Mar 05, 2009 at 04:32 AM
    I hear that