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There’s energy to spare on this equally seminal Atlantic budget re-issue, but here it is turbulent, restless and experimental. Albums like Blues and Roots and Pithecanthropus Erectus introduced new, more complex jazz forms, steeped in gospel and the blues, while compositions like “Haitian Fight Song” had such raw appeal that they influenced early rock.
Mingus’s passion, matched by his powerhouse virtuosity on bass, forced his musicians to maximise their individual voices and deliver career-defining work. Wonderful music. Sensuous, uninhibited, and permeated with raw-edged sophistication.
Passions of a Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings 1956-61