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Monday, November 14, 2005

Mingling with Mingus

Ran into this for the first time yesterday. Rated a belly laugh and a great visual in my oh so visual head:


Good jazz is when the leader jumps on the piano, waves his arms, and yells.

Fine jazz is when a tenorman lifts his foot in the air.

Great jazz is when he heaves a piercing note for 32 bars and collapses on his hands and knees.

A pure genius of jazz is manifested when he and the rest of the orchestra run around the room while the rhythm section grimaces and dances around their instruments.

Charles Mingus

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3 Comments:

  • That is so weird... I went to a concert last night at a local university (boyfriend's little brother was playing bari sax) -- it was a tribute to Mingus, and one student who introduced a piece used that exact quote! (BTW, the concert was somewhere between fine and great, as far as jazz goes. But Mingus has never been my favorite.)

    By Blogger Angie, at 12:32 AM  

  • Listening to a bit of Mingus while typing this.
    I think jazz is one of the best live musics in the world especially in a small bar with friends.

    By Blogger cream, at 6:56 PM  

  • just sitting here smiling at both comments. :)

    By Blogger wandering-woman, at 10:45 PM  

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