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Isms

by Mingus Amungus

The Bay Area favorate comes out swingin' with their second release "Isms" combining the hard-hitting bebop & jazz with smooth lyrical stylings of poetry and hip-hop. Check it out 'Cause if ya don't know, now ya know.'
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. Chango Eyeleo
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2. West Coastin'
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3. 38 Rue Notre Dame
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4. Jazz for Chazz
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5. On the Brink
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6. Interlude
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7. Orange was the Color of her Dress, Then Blue Silk
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8. The Culprit
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9. Mode for Obedi
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10. S.I.L.I.
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11. Oddly Even
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12. Some Parting Words
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Charles Mingus is one of the most difficult players and composers of the bop and post-bop era to define. His complex rhythms and tempos made him a stand-out artist within the jazz genre. His thematic compositions, were often inspired by political events and/or people, such as "Fables of Faubus," named after Orval E. Faubus, Governor of Arkansas who, in 1957, deployed the National Guard to prevent a few black children from entering Little Rock's Central High School. His music covered a wide range of styles, from his earliest work with Louis Armstrong to his later free-form orchestral compositions.

Musically, Mingus never played it safe. His artistic intent was to create an immediate emotional statement through what he created. While he relied on the individual strength of his players, he would always inspire and channel their creative energies toward collective expression.

Similarly, with the individual strengths of his players in mind, Miles Perkins brings Mingus' musical philosophy into the 90's. Musically, he too, like Mingus, never plays it safe. The all-star seven piece band weaves its way through Mingus' intricate charts with hard-hitting be-bop, funk and classical. The band then sprinkles San Francisco's native Hip-Hop Jazz flavor into the mix with a variety of lyricists, thereby bringing Mingus' work into the contemporary age. Recognized with a 1997 BAMMIE award for Most Outstanding Jazz Club Band, Mingus Amungus is a noted festival favorite and a must-see act.

Combining cultures, Mingus Amungus frequently works with Crossroads... A Movement Collective, a dance company focusing on Jazz Improvizational, Haitian and Brazilian dance. These collaborations are breathtaking performances and can include up to 15 musicians, drummers, vocalists and dancers providing the audience with a glimpse into the richness of cultures that are often undervalued in urban society.

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A Cook

Great, Tight,
Very high energy, yet soothing sounds from this outstanding band.
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Jennifer Blackman-Boyd

great cd
I have long been a fan, catching their live show at the Elbo Room every chance I got. This cd is a great way to get my fix when I can't see them live. Amazing band, great music!
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Bill Hoffman

I really like this CD This is good music.
I first heard about Mingus Amunus at a wedding with a bunch of Berkeleyites in CA. Their raves were right on. This Album is like being at a superb performance of superb music. Thanks to Miles P and the band for a great new experience.
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Chris A

Solid Jams
With only 6 CD's in my changer...this CD is in slot 3. Smooth rythms and solid jams, am looking forward to further production.
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Nick H

This CD has become one of the highlights of my CD collection.
Mingus Amungus' ISMS is an amazing CD, true to their impressive and tight live performances. It's difficult to capture the spark and intensity of a live jazz show on a CD, but I feel Mingus Amungus has done it here. They do their namesake proud.
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