After the extraordinary achievements of his early years, the great bassist/composer Charles Mingus faced crisis – and a nervous breakdown – in the mid-1960s. But his comeback in the 70s, though constrained by illness, led to a few late masterpieces. as Brian Priestley reports in the concluding part of our Mingus retrospective. This article was originally published in The Wire 76, June 1990.
One of the most inspiring and turbulent personalities in jazz, Charles Mingus – as player and composer – has exerted an enormous influence on the post-war era. In the first of a two-part survey of Mingus on record, Jack Cooke ah ums his way through the great bassman's early masterpieces on Candid, Atlantic and Impulse. This article was originally published in The Wire 75, May 1990.