This week's show explores the life, work, complexities and contradictions of bassist and composer Charles Mingus. Philip Clark and host Derek Walmsley discuss Mingus's three decade plus career.

Charles Mingus And His Orchestra
"Weird Nightmare"
from West Coast 1945–49 
(Uptown Jazz) 1946

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra
"Mingus Fingus"
from The Lionel Hampton Story
(Proper) rec 1947

Charles Mingus Quartet
"Mingus Fingers"
from West Coast 1945-49 
(Uptown Jazz) 1948

Charlie Mingus And His 22 Piece Be Bop Band
"Story Of Love"
from West Coast 1945-49
(Uptown Jazz) 1949

Charlie Mingus
"Ysabel’s Table Dance"
from Tijuana Moods
(RCA) 1962

Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus/Max Roach
"Money Jungle"
from Money Jungle 
(Blue Note) 1963

CharlesMingus
"Jelly Roll"
from Mingus Ah Um
(Columbia) 1959

Charles Mingus Orchestra
"Freedom Part One"
from Town Hall Concert
(United Artists) 1962

Charles Mingus Sextet
"Praying With Eric"
from The Jazz Workshop Concerts 1964-65
(Mosaic) rec 1964

Charles Mingus
"Untitled"
from Shadows OST
(No label)

Charles Mingus
"Eat That Chicken"
from Oh Yeah
(Atlantic) 1962

Charles Mingus Sextet
"Peggy’s Blue Skylight"
from The Jazz Workshop Concerts 1964-65
(Mosaic) rec 1964

Charles Mingus
"Group And Solo Dance"
from The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady
(Impulse!) 1963

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