Charles Mingus - The Clown

Charles Mingus - The Clown

Catalogue Code: 714062

Barcode: 5050457140625

Release Date: 26 Aug 2013

The original 1957 release of The Clown featured four tracks. ‘I selected these four over two others that were more intricate because some of those guys had been saying that I didn't swing. So I made some that did. This album also has the first blues I've made on record.’ The four that were retained contributed to Charles’ second masterful album in a row, following on from Pithecanthropus Erectus of a year earlier. With improvised narration by Jean Shepherd, the stand out track is the title track, which Charles described as telling a story of a clown ‘who tried to please people like most jazz musicians do, but whom nobody liked until he was dead. My version of the story ended with his blowing his brains out with the people laughing and finally being pleased because they thought it was part of the act. I liked the way Jean changed the ending; leaves it more up to the listener.’

1. Haitian Fight Song
2. Blue Cee
3. Reincarnation Of A Lovebird
4. The Clown