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I Know What I Know The Music of Charles Mingus


Hard Cover
196 pgs.
Praeger Publishers
An Imprint of Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.

From the mid-1940s until his death in 1979, Charles Mingus created an unparalleled body of recorded work, and those who would like a better understanding of his complex, often difficult music, will find a complete, chronologically arranged, listener's guide to all of his legitimate recordings, from the 78s he recorded in Los Angeles and San Francisco in the mid-1940s, through the legendary albums he made for Columbia, Candid, Atlantic, and his own labels. Author Jenkins corrects common errors and clears away old misconceptions about certain recordings.Touching upon Mingus's many innovations as a jazzman, "I Know What I Know" explores his advancement of the art of bass playing, his assimilations of Ellington and Monk with ideas leaning toward free jazz; his experiments with ensemble dynamics, instrumentation,and extended form; and his working relationships with partners such as Jaki Byard, Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Knepper, and Dannie Richmond.

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