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Charles Mingus

23 September 2002
In 1953, Mingus began hosting ‘Jazz Workshops’ in Brooklyn, bringing players together to progress and experiment spontaneously. By 1956, he was able to deliver this stunningly realised example of ‘extended form’. These are atmospheric, musical paintings, or as Mingus put it, “jazz tone poems” which conjure heady imagery of people and places. This was a bold new direction for jazz, and for Mingus himself.