I Put You On To | Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus Cumbia & Jazz fusion

The Black Saint & Sinner Lady

Music to listen to

Hey Maaaaaan, Rob Lee here. As I’m sure many of you know I’m a music lover, an audiophile. I get into moods and the musical genre matches my mood many times. I think music should evoke feeling or it is at least connected. Imagine listening to music that’s just phoned in – there’s no passion, seduction, nothing. It’s flat – music like elevator music.

Charles Mingus, the double bassist, composer and bandleader,  is an artist that I discovered a few month’s ago. On Fridays after work for a year or so, my dad and I listen to jazz and drink scotch as an effort to bond. It’s a really good time and a journey. I seek music – I take referrals and look everywhere for it – it has to speak to me.  I was on a musical journey that usually starts with Youtube then descends into me creating a Pandora station and reviewing the artist’s bio somewhere. It’s like I was hooked.

A found out about Charles Mingus while on a John Coltrane kick – I recently watched Chasing Trane – highly recommended documentary on Netflix – with my girlfriend. I saw all of these old jazz players like Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins and McCoy Tyner. I stumbled upon The Black Saint & Sinner Lady after listening to the French cut of A Love Supreme. I thought “Hell, I’m a Black Saint…and I’ve dated sinner ladies, I should give this a shot.” It is a passionate album, a score actually to ballet I later read – an judging by the artwork of that record, he’s my type of lad, flavorful. It’s really good you should check it out. Additionally I relate to how Mingus is described in various bios from the exemplary talent followed by bouts of depression and being a large, temperamental man. Some of the sounds he generates cannot be duplicated – I love that. I want to share this with you and invite your suggestions of other Jazz musicians.

Rob Lee

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