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Early Baron: Charles Mingus 1945-49

MingusThis week on Night Lights we feature the early music of Charles Mingus, taken from an Uptown Records CD entitled “Charles ‘Baron’ Mingus: West Coast Recordings, 1945-49.” Musicologist Stefano Zenni has an interesting website devoted to this little-heard period of Mingus’ music, which includes jump blues, Ellingtonian ballads, bop, and quasi-third stream pieces. Legendary producer Chuck Nessa, who did a great deal of work on this CD (it was a five-year project, and comes with a 96-page booklet replete with biographies of all the musicians and many photos as well) also did an interview with Blue Lake Public Radio dj Lazaro Vega that offers more detail on this amazing anthology.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Opening theme. Composer: Mary Lou Williams

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Texas Hop
Charles Mingus — West Coast: 1945-49 (Uptown, 2001)

Notes: Composer: Griffin-Mingus

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Baby, Take a Chance on Me
Charles Mingus — West Coast: 1945-49 (Uptown, 2001)

Notes: Composer: Charles Mingus

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Swingin' an Echo
Charles Mingus — West Coast: 1945-49 (Uptown, 2001)

Notes: Composer: Charles Mingus

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Shuffle Bass Boogie
Charles Mingus — West Coast: 1945-49 (Uptown, 2001)

Notes: Composer: Charles Mingus

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Weird Nightmare
Charles Mingus — West Coast: 1945-49 (Uptown, 2001)

Notes: Composer: Charles Mingus

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Make Believe
Charles Mingus — West Coast: 1945-49 (Uptown, 2001)

Notes: Composer: Charles Mingus

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Bedspread
Charles Mingus — West Coast: 1945-49 (Uptown, 2001)

Notes: Composer: Buddy Collette

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This Subdues My Passion
Charles Mingus — West Coast: 1945-49 (Uptown, 2001)

Notes: Composer: Charles Mingus

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Mingus Fingers
Charles Mingus — West Coast: 1945-49 (Uptown, 2001)

Notes: Composer: Charles Mingus

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These Foolish Things
Charles Mingus — West Coast: 1945-49 (Uptown, 2001)

Notes: Composer: Link-Marvell-Strachey

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He's Gone
Charles Mingus — West Coast: 1945-49 (Uptown, 2001)

Notes: Composer: Manza-Stephens

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Pennies from Heaven
Charles Mingus — West Coast: 1945-49 (Uptown, 2001)

Notes: Composer: Burke-Johnston

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Say It Isn't So
Charles Mingus — West Coast: 1945-49 (Uptown, 2001)

Notes: Composer: Irving Berlin

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Boppin' in Boston
Charles Mingus — West Coast: 1945-49 (Uptown, 2001)

Notes: Composer: Charles Mingus

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The Story of Love
Charles Mingus — West Coast: 1945-49 (Uptown, 2001)

Notes: Composer: Charles Mingus

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Inspiration
Charles Mingus — West Coast: 1945-49 (Uptown, 2001)

Notes: Composer: Charles Mingus

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Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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