Because it’s summer, hot as hell, and swinging every day of the week, it’s time for some Charles Mingus. Known for his hot temper, even hotter swing, and brilliantly executed Third Stream jazz ensembles, Mingus was a pioneer on the double bass in multiple genres and motifs. Having trained on cello before picking up bass, one can hear frequent convergences between the overt orchestration of classical music and the encouraged improvisation of Hard Bop New Orleans-style jazz. Check out the dizzying “O.P.” named for his friend and fellow bassist Oscar Pettiford.
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