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Charles Mingus is among jazz's greatest composers and perhaps its most talented bass player. He was blunt and outspoken about the place of jazz in music history and American culture, about which performers were the real thing (or not), and much more. These in-depth interviews, conducted several years before Mingus died, capture the composer's spirit and voice, revealing how he saw himself as composer and performer, how he viewed his peers and predecessors, how he created his extraordinary music, and how he looked at race. Augmented with interviews and commentary by ten close associates - including Mingus' wife Sue, Teo Macero, George Wein, and Sy Johnson - "Mingus Speaks" provides a wealth of new perspectives on the musician's life and career. As a writer for "Playboy", John F. Goodman reviewed Mingus' comeback concert in 1972 and went on to achieve an intimacy with the composer that brings a relaxed and candid tone to the ensuing interviews. Much of what Mingus shares shows him in a new light: his personality, his passions and sense of humor, and his thoughts on music. The conversations are wide-ranging, shedding fresh light on important milestones in Mingus' life such as the publication of his memoir, "Beneath the Underdog", the famous Tijuana episodes, his relationships, and the jazz business.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Preface Introduction 1. Avant-Garde and Tradition 2. Studying, Teaching, and Earning a Living 3. Recordings: Children and Friends 4. Authenticity: Whose Tribe Are You In? 5. Musicians: Reminiscing in Tempo 6. Debut Records, George Wein, and the Music Business 7. The Clubs and the Mafia 8. The Critics 9. Survival: The Reason for the Blues 10. Eviction and Laying Out 11. Mingus Women 12. Mingus on Sue 13. The Real and the Fictional Mingus Chronology Acknowledgments Index

About the Author

John F. Goodman is a writer, former music critic, professor, and media consultant based in Oaxaca, Mexico Sy Johnson is a jazz photographer, writer, pianist, singer, educator, and former Mingus arranger

Reviews

"Makes for fascinating reading." -- Jack Shakely Foreword Reviews "A valuable contribution to 20th century jazz history." JJA News "The book is full of ... illuminating stories." Santa Fe New Mexican "Mingus's candid intelligence shines through in these interviews as the discussion ranges through all aspects of jazz, from composition to performance to history and more, and on to matters of American culture, politics, and race... Fans of Mingus will definitely want to get their hands on this book." Library Journal "What's clear from Goodman's fluid interactions with Mingus is that the bassist trusted him. Consequently, Mingus' thoughts have the ring of honesty about them, even if his versions of certain events were often at odds with the way others perceived them... Goodman extracts plenty of material that will delight Mingus' fans and ignite debate." All About Jazz "Known for mind-gaming journalists, Mingus is open, voluble and very funny here, clearly due to his trust for the interlocutor... Like a tasteful musician, Goodman lays out until the improvisational repartee calls for him." MOJO Magazine "Mingus Speaks provides a wealth of new perspectives on the musician's life and career... Much of what Mingus shares shows him in a new light: his personality, his passions and sense of humor, and his thoughts on music. The conversations are wide-ranging, shedding fresh light on important milestones in Mingus's life such as the publication of his memoir, Beneath the Underdog, the famous Tijuana episodes, his relationships, and the jazz business." Jerry Jazz Musician "Goodman is a superb guide to Mingus" IAJRC Journal

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