THREE Mingus bands combine under one CD roof: the Mingus Big Band, the Mingus Dynasty, and the Mingus Orchestra. (They don't all play at once.) A big, joyous mainstream-jazz sound faithful to the Mingus '60s sound.
Packed with big-name Mingus sidemen and other stars: Randy Brecker, Robin Eubanks, Jack Walrath, Craig Handy, John Hicks, etc.
The title comes from Charles Mingus' autobiography, where he writes, "In other words, I am three." It refers to his personalities: vulnerable, angry/passionate, and the observer.
1- Upbeat and swingy, a good time. Slow start.
2- Overlapping Duke, Monk, and Mingus themes. Name that tune!
3- Mostly slow. Lots of dissonances and sudden speedups.
4- Gruff bluesy vocals
5- Big rolling theme; bass solo early on.
6- Midtempo and grand, a sweeping classic
7- Happy and carefree -- but a protest song at heart.
8- Another happy swing, with a long pensive intro and a calm interlude featuring bassoon.
9- Gospel blues, lots of informal chaos
10- Coolly mid/fast