The Clown is an album by Charles Mingus released in September 1957 on Atlantic Records as SD-1260. It is the follow-up to 1956's Pithecanthropus Erectus and features the improvised narration of Jean Shepherd. All the tracks were recorded on March 12, 1957, except for "The Clown", recorded on February 13 of the same year.
The Clown refines and heightens that gift; instead of just writing heads that provide launch points for solos, Mingus tries to evoke something specific with every piece, and even his most impressionistic forays have a strong storytelling quality. In fact, The Clown's title cut makes that explicit with a story verbally improvised by Jean Shepherd (yes, the same Jean Shepherd responsible for A Christmas Story) from a predetermined narrative.
Released August 1957. 1. Haitian Fight Song Lyrics. Released in 1957 by Atlantic Studios, The Clown balanced the two extremes of pain and hope in a way that only Mingus could provide. Personnel: Charles Mingus- Bass Shafi Hadi- Saxophone Jimmy Knepper- Trombone Wade Legge- Piano Dannie Richmond- Drums. Featuring Jean Shepherd. More Charles Mingus albums.
I vaguely recall reading a statistic stating that around 80% of all proposed and legitimate phobias only occur in the United States. While a part of me finds this hard to believe, another part of me realizes that it’s probably true. Americans are not only more exposed to all kinds of media than perhaps any other country, but the images, sounds, bold letters, and the oh-so-bright lights are more over the top; more intense. So you can imagine my troubled, almost compromised point of view when dissecting jazz legend Charles Mingus and his eponymous album The Clown. Nonetheless I am in love with this record. It was recorded during a stage when Mingus seemed interested in exploring technical proficiency rather than the personality and ideas of his compositions.
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|A1||Haitian Fight Song||12:02|
|B1||Reincarnation Of A Lovebird||8:34|
- Alto Saxophone – Shafi Hadi (tracks: A1 to B1)
- Bass – Charles Mingus
- Drums – Dannie Richmond
- Narrator [Improvised Narration] – Jean Shepherd (tracks: B2)
- Piano – Wade Legge
- Recorded By – Larry Hiller, Tom Dowd
- Tenor Saxophone – Shafi Hadi (tracks: B2)
- Trombone – Jimmy Knepper
NotesRecorded in NY March 12, 1957 & February 13, 1957 ("The Clown" only).
Original sessions produced by NESUHI ERTEGUN.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 8436542016858
|1260||Charles Mingus, The Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop*||Charles Mingus, The Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop* - The Clown (LP, Album, Mono)||Atlantic||1260||US||1957|
|1260||Charles Mingus||The Clown - The Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop (LP, Album, Mono, RE)||Atlantic||1260||US||1961|
|1260||Charles Mingus||The Clown (LP, Album, RE)||Atlantic||1260||US||Unknown|
|1260||Charles Mingus||The Clown (LP, Album, Mono, RE)||Atlantic||1260||US||1959|
|LTZ-K 15164||Charles Mingus||The Clown (LP, Album, Mono)||London Records||LTZ-K 15164||UK||1957|