Tag Archives: Charles Mingus

Charles McPherson – A Musician’s Scope Should be Wide

SKF NOTE: At age 81 Charles McPherson is still creating beautiful music. Jazz first “clicked” for me while I was listening to Charles Mingus‘s band at Newport 1970. Then I listened to everything Mingus — which included a ton of … Continue reading

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Frankie Dunlop on Mingus the Perfectionist (or, Frankie! The Tempo’s Gone Down!)

SKF NOTE: A favorite moment from my interviews with the great drummer Frankie Dunlop. Now, for the first time, listeners can hear Frankie’s impersonation of Charles Mingus as Frankie describes a moment on The Half Note bandstand drumming with Mingus. … Continue reading

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Frankie Dunlop on Mingus: It’s the Principle of the Thing

SKF NOTE: One of my favorite moments of my interviews with the great drummer Frankie Dunlop. Listeners can hear Frankie’s impersonation of Charles Mingus as Frankie describes a scene from a rehearsal for Mingus’s Tijuana Moods album. The scene opens with … Continue reading

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Frankie Dunlop: Recording a Garbage Can Lid with Mingus

SKF NOTE: A segment from the full transcript of my Frankie Dunlop interviews. The back story on the interview is posted here. In researching for my meeting with Frankie Dunlop — pre-internet — I found Frankie listed as playing percussion on … Continue reading

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Remembering Mickey Roker

SKF NOTE: Modern jazz first clicked for me at the 1970 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island while I was listening to Charles Mingus‘s group. Included in that group was a skinny, long-haired saxophonist named Bobby Jones. It was impossible at … Continue reading

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