Mingus: A Critical Biography (A Da Capo paperback)
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Jazz pianist and critic, he also presents a weekly jazz program for the BBC in London where he now lives.. Brian Priestley was born in Manchester, England in 1946
The British pianist and journalist Brian Priestly has written the first biography of Charles Mingus, and it's an excellent piece of work. But Priestly recounts the life, too, exalting Mingus's devotion to his art and treating even his most self-destructive fiascoes with even-handed sympathy. His emphasis tends to be on the music, which he discusses in a lucid and lively manner.
Giant of Jazz M. Allen Greenbaum This is a slightly disappointing, but still very good biography of one of the greatest jazz composers and probably its top bassist. Mingus, using a mixture of jazz, blues, church music, European impressionism and march music, and folk, wrote some of the most outstanding music of the 20th century. A man of wide-ranging, complicated emotions, lionesque appetites, and varied intellectual and creative pursuits, this titan of modern music is a fascinating biographical subject.Ho. Homework Done. Author Knows The World Of Mingus. This is a well structured and in depth written piece of work. The extreme research and interviews that has been done on Charles Mingus is evident here. Priestley covers the many ensembles that Mingus had, along with recordings, stories and a very extensive discography. The book also contains some rare photo's and goes into detail about his relationship with Sue Graham (Mingus). There is an abundance of information from his right hand man, the great drummer Dannie Richmond. . Hisself when he was hardly real Mike Stone What do you want from this Charles Mingus biography?1. A depiction of Mingus the man, including a psychological and/or anecdotal interpretation of his character?There's not a lot of that here. Although I will say that this falls into the category of what I call "John Bonham Biographies", named for the Led Zeppelin drummer who came off as a manic-depressive Jekyl and Hyde in the book "Hammer of the Gods". Another good example of this is humourist Michael O'Donoghue in Dennis
Capturing him in all his furious contradictionspassionate, cool, revolutionary but with a keen sense of traditionBrian Priestley has produced what can be called, again without exaggeration, the best biography of a jazz musician we have ever seen.. Woven in with exacting assessments of Mingus’s artistic legacy is the story of his volatile, unpredictable, sometimes dangerous personality. In this new biography Brian Priestley has written a masterly study of Mingus’s dynamic career from the early years in Swing, to the escapades of the Bebop era, through his musical maturity in the ’50s