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Alto Saxophone – Charles Mariano* (tracks: 2, 3)
Alto Saxophone, Flute – Eric Dolphy (tracks: 1, 4 to 8)
Art Direction – Hollis King
Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute – Jerome Richardson
Bass – Charlie Mingus*
Design – Jason Claiborne
Drums – Dannie Richmond (tracks: 2, 3), Walter Perkins (tracks: 1, 4 to 8)
Engineer – Bob Simpson
Guitar – Jay Berliner (tracks: 2, 3)
Mastered By – Erick Labson
Narrator – Charlie Mingus* (tracks: 8)
Oboe – Dick Hafer (tracks: 2, 3)
Photography By – Joe Alper
Piano – Charlie Mingus* (tracks: 2, 3), Jaki Byard
Producer – Bob Thiele
Reissue Producer – Michael Cuscuna
Tenor Saxophone – Booker Ervin (tracks: 1, 4 to 8)
Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute – Dick Hafer (tracks: 1, 4 to 8)
Trombone – Britt Woodman (tracks: 1, 4 to 8), Quentin Jackson (tracks: 2, 3)
Trumpet – Eddie Preston (tracks: 1, 4 to 8), Richard Williams, Rolf Ericson (tracks: 2, 3)
Tuba – Don Butterfield

Sometimes known as Mingus Five, there are several compositions on 1963 recording MingusMingusMingusMingusMingus which had already been recorded on previous albums, notably Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - a tribute to tenor player Lester Young, and Better Get Hit in Yo Soul, inspired by early gospel music, both of which appeared on Mingus Ah Um in 1959. The main inspiration for Charles Mingus was Duke Ellington, with whom he played briefly in the early 50s before having the dubious distinction of being personally fired by the Duke. Mood Indigo is of course an Ellington classic.

Having completed what he (and many critics) regarded as his masterwork in The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, Charles Mingus' next sessions for Impulse found him looking back over a long and fruitful career. Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus is sort of a "greatest hits revisited" record, as the bassist revamps or tinkers with some of his best-known works. The titles are altered as well — "II B.S." is basically "Haitian Fight Song" (this is the version used in the late-'90s car commercial); "Theme for Lester Young" is "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat"; "Better Get Hit in Your Soul" adds a new ending, but just one letter to the title; "Hora Decubitus" is a growling overhaul of "E's Flat Ah's Flat Too"; and "I X Love" modifies "Nouroog," which was part of "Open Letter to Duke." There's also a cover of Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo," leaving just one new composition, "Celia." Which naturally leads to the question: With the ostensible shortage of ideas, what exactly makes this a significant Mingus effort? The answer is that the 11-piece bands assembled here (slightly different for the two separate recording sessions) are among Mingus' finest, featuring some of the key personnel (Eric Dolphy, pianist Jaki Byard) that would make up the legendary quintet/sextet with which Mingus toured Europe in 1964. And they simply burn, blasting through versions that equal and often surpass the originals — which is, of course, no small feat. This was Mingus' last major statement for quite some time, and aside from a solo piano album and a series of live recordings from the 1964 tour, also his last album until 1970. It closes out the most productive and significant chapter of his career, and one of the most fertile, inventive hot streaks of any composer in jazz history. .

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