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Charles Mingus Ah Um Booklet

Charles Mingus Ah Um Booklet

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All the details about the seminal album Ah Um
All the details about the seminal album Ah Um

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Published by: peterbee33B on May 12, 2013
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THERE ARE SHOUTS AND HOWLS ON TRACKS ROOTED IN EARTHYBLUES AND GOSPEL.
 
This album copy card is dated June 2, 1959, exactly three weeks after thefinal recording session. At this point, which compositions would be includ-ed, their final titles and the LPsequence were already resolved, indicatingthat this project was on the fast track.Teo Macero’s original notes for the album sequence. Note the early songtitles and the fact that Horace Parlan at that point is credited as co-com-poser on what became “Better Git It In Your Soul.” Macero’s proposedalbum title “Sing Along With Mingus” is no doubt a sarcastic comment onMitch Miller’s “Sing Along With Mitch” series of LPs, which were block-buster best sellers for Columbia at the time and the antithesis of hip.
 
Then it was a clas-sical workshop where musicians couldexchange ideas and perform their new com-positions. Mingus moved to New York in1951, and, deciding to try the idea in the morespontaneous medium of jazz, by 1953 hadorganized a series of jazz workshop concertsat the Putnam Central Club in Brooklyn.Some of the musicians who participated inthe early days were Max Roach, TheloniousMonk, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, and the audi-ence, who also had a hand in the working outof new compositions and arrangements.
MINGUS AH UM
Producer Teo Macero’s budget approval request, submitted one month beforethe first session. It is interesting to note that he writes “all Jelly Roll Mortoncompositions.” It is conceivable that this was Mingus’s idea at the time.
FOLLOWING ARE THE ORIGINALLPLINER NOTES BYDIANE DORR-DORYNEK:

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