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  • Carrying on the Mingus Dynasty: An Interview with Boris Kozlov

    Carrying on the Mingus Dynasty: An Interview with Boris Kozlov

    It’s not easy to fill the shoes of a legend, and Charles Mingus has some huge shoes to fill. The iconic jazz bassist and composer left behind a body of work so massive, so complex, and so uniquely his own that it takes an equally rare musician to convey its spirit. Mingus’ music lives on... »

  • Mingus Speaks: Interviews with Charles Mingus (1972-1974)

    Mingus Speaks: Interviews with Charles Mingus (1972-1974)

    In 1972, Charles Mingus was making his return to the music scene, after a six or seven year layoff. Playboy writer John F. Goodman reviewed Mingus’ comeback concert that year, which brought the two together for various interviews between 1972 and 1974. The interviews were recorded by Goodman for a proposed memoir. Forty years later,... »

  • Terri Lyne Carrington Releases “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue”, Featuring Christian McBride

    Terri Lyne Carrington Releases “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue”, Featuring Christian McBride

    Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington has good taste in bassists, and her new album Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue is more evidence of that as she recruited Christian McBride to lay down the low end. The effort pays homage to the classic Duke Ellington album Money Jungle, which featured bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach,... »

  • Columbia Releases Mingus Collection

    Columbia Releases Mingus Collection

    Columbia is putting together some terrific “Collection” box sets for bassists and bass enthusiasts. Among those is Charles Mingus – the Complete Columbia & RCA Albums Collection, a 10-disc set spanning seven titles by the late bassist and composer. The set starts with Tijuana Moods, the lone RCA release in the collection, recorded in 1957... »

  • Help Make the “Mingus On Mingus” Documentary a Reality

    Help Make the “Mingus On Mingus” Documentary a Reality

    In about nine hours, the fate of the “Mingus on Mingus” documentary project will be decided. At least this important phase of it. You’ve no doubt seen our promotions for this project. We have no affiliation with it, we just want to see it made a reality. Kevin Ellington Mingus, the grandson of Charles Mingus,... »

  • New Charles Mingus Documentary in Progress

    New Charles Mingus Documentary in Progress

    Charles Mingus’ grandson Kevin Ellington Mingus has set out to make a film exploring his grandfather’s life. Mingus on Mingus will be a full-length documentary including interviews with the musicians from bassist/composer’s band and his family and friends, to get a deeper understanding of the jazz icon. Mingus, who passed away in 1979, had a... »

  • Charles Mingus’s 89th Birthday Celebrated With Streaming Performance

    Charles Mingus’s 89th Birthday Celebrated With Streaming Performance

    Today marks the 89th year since Charles Mingus was born. The outspoken bassist/composer left a wealth of music in his wake, which is preserved through the work of the Charles Mingus Institute. Among the groups dedicated to keeping his music alive is the Mingus Orchestra, a 10-piece group held down by bassist Boris Kozlov. In... »

  • Boris Kozlov Releases “Double Standard”

    Boris Kozlov Releases “Double Standard”

    Jazz bassist Boris Kozlov has released a new solo bass CD, Double Standard, featuring a mix of originals and jazz standards. The entire album is made of single-take, solo bass tracks with the exception of “RGB/Self Portrait in 3 Colors,” which has the bassist layering arco tracks on the Charles Mingus ballad. That track is... »

  • Charles Mingus And The Newport Rebels

    Candid Records is celebrating their 50th anniversary and offering some new and updated releases as part of the celebration. One of those albums is Charles Mingus And The Newport Rebels, recorded in studio on November 11, 1960. But the real story is how this recording came to be. From the liner notes: “The (now) famous... »

  • Mingus Big Band Release New Album With CD Release Party

    The Mingus Big Band will be celebrating the release of their new album, Live at Jazz Standard with a CD release concert. The concert will also take place at Jazz Standard in New York City, on April 19th. The CD is released only three days before Charles Mingus’ 88th birthday, and was recorded on New... »