Don’t Be Afraid: The Music of Charles Mingus

In January 2005, Palmetto Records released an impressive debut recording by one of jazz’s best big bands, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Demonstrating their dedication to the great music of jazz, the LCJO took on one of the great masterpieces of jazz, John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. They prove their musical mettle again with their choice of the music of Charles Mingus as their follow-up recording. Don’t Be Afraid…The Music of Charles Mingus features six compositions by the legendary bassist and composer. LCJO trombonist Ron Westray arranged the music for the recording, which was produced by Delfeayo Marsalis. As Stanley Crouch comments in the album’s liner notes, “The band has the uncanny ability and the scope to live up to its credo : all jazz is modern. This means that all great jazz music, like all great drama, is as contemporary as the vitality of its performance… That is exactly what this recording represents because it is one of the finest gatherings of music by Charles Mingus and achieves what some once thought was impossible–truly powerful performances without Mingus himself playing bass and exhorting the musicians.”

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About the Author

Hey everybody, my name is Blaine Fallis. Studied jazz at NTSU (now UNT) for 2 1/2 years before going on the road as a bassist for 4 years. I used to write for About.com as their Jazz Guide and later their Contemporary Jazz Guide, or whatever they decided to call it at the time. That went on 4 years. Later I edited for AllAboutJazz and wrote occasional articles and reviews there. Modernjazz.com is a site I ran for awhile but put it on hold. Well, it's back, baby! Currently my wife and I run A-Train Creative: atraincreative.com

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