Charles Mingus Revisited BBC Proms


Charles Mingus Revisited

A giant in 20th-century jazz, the legendary composer, bandleader and bass player Charles Mingus is celebrated by conductor Jules Buckley and his Metropole Orkest.


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Charlie Mingus's music is a great combination between bombastic and

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beta. Blue whatever it plays, it has a feeling of tension, like it's

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about to explode. It's always blues. If you don't know what that means

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then check out Charlie Mingus. He's one of the baddest musicians to ever

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lived. He's the King Mingus. Charles Mingus's work as a bass

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player and as a composer, in many ways the two things merged into one.

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They are both attached to his soul directly. Charles Mingus is where

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chaos and beauty meet, and that place is a wonderful place, and a

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tragic place. Over three decades he recorded 100 albums and worked with

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everybody from Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis. Duke

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Ellington was one of his biggest inspirations. For me that's huge. I

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like Mingus because of that, that's all I need to hear! He was a

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virtuosic bass player, he had unbelievable feel. This was a guy in

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Charlie Parker's band. He played on the cutting edge. Every corner of

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this music that you could exist in, Charles Mingus existed in. I think

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what stands Mingus apart from a lot of his contemporaries is summed up

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by blues and roots. I think it's the rates element for me which is what

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resonates the most. It's this freight train of an approach to

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mesmeric baselines, that you just don't forget. All his music, there a

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melodic line through it that allows even a casual listener to just be

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able to become immersed in the soul of it. He has integrity with

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whatever he does, so if he's making music to get you shaking, you know

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that this is a guy who knows how to shake. I think the Proms audience

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can expect a very interesting adaptation of Mingus's music. It's

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going to be nice and spicy. So I'm the bottom of hot sauce! -- bottle.

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We want to have some friction, some battles, some war, and we want to

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show people the depth of a composer who is seminal and stands amongst

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all of the true greats of jazz music.

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APPLAUSE That are

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# Take away the grief you've caused # Can't sleep at night

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# With the fear that I'll live it all again

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# When you say she doesn't want me

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# That has paid the price of love

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People who are eccentric and also having some dark sides to their

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character, they are very attractive for people after their time. Because

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the moment they live, they suffer from it because they aren't

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adjusting to society. Later on, they put people in heaven. It's always a

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little bit late, I think. It would be very difficult for you

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to find a musician or artist who has music with more struggle in it. But

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you can see that this is also, there is a conceptual crew lying in his

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music. His experience is struggle, so why would his music be laden with

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release? It's not a simple music, it's not a music that says this is a

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surface level of who I am. It says that levels to me and the music that

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I play, that you have to come towards me to really comprehend. The

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way that his legacy lives on through me is that people shouldn't always

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just copy what other people are doing. It's more important to create

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your own style based on your influences, because that's what he

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did. I think you such an inspiration because he was a rebel, he was an

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extremely complex, charismatic but enigmatic character. For me, to take

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that into the symphonic context, is what made it appealing. I feel like

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Charles Mingus's legacy is unquestionable. There are teachings

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of his methods, the writings of his ways, and the fact is that if you

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listen to his record now they still stand the test of time.

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# All alone, sad clown with his circus closed down.

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# Lost in a merry-go-ound, came a melody in my heart so yearning.

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# Taught me to hear music out of love,

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# Infinite, with the lover and beloved,

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# Waiting To show what he sees

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--so afraid And the one that keeps

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# One's so sweet so overly loving and gentle

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# He lets people into his innermost sacred temple

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The insulting plan God must be a boogie man!

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# Which one do you think he'd want the world to see

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# Well world opinion's not a lot of help

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# When a man's only trying to find out how to feel about himself

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The cock-eyed plan God must be a boogie man!

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A giant in 20th-century jazz, the legendary composer, bandleader and bass player Charles Mingus is celebrated by conductor Jules Buckley and his Metropole Orkest.

Plus a brilliant line-up of soloists, including saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, trumpeter Christian Scott and singer Kandace Springs, are on the bill.


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