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Charles Mingus - The Clown album FLAC

  • Performer: Charles Mingus
  • Title: The Clown
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Country: US
  • Formats: MP1 APE MP2 AAC TTA MP4 MMF
  • Released: 1998
  • Style: Bop, Post Bop
  • MP3 album: 1418 mb
  • FLAC album: 1924 mb
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Charles Mingus - The Clown album FLAC

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.

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.

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.

The Clown" tells the story of a clown "who tried to please people like most jazz musicians do, but whom nobody liked until he was dead.

CHARLES MINGUS - The Clown. Filed under Hard Bop By CHARLES MINGUS. Re-issued as vinyl LP "The Complete Sessions of 'The Clown'" Doxy Music DOX823 (2009) contains two bonus tracks: "Passion of a Woman" (9:52) and "Tonight at Noon" (5:57). Thanks to js, dreadpirateroberts, snobb for the updates. Blues & Roots/Oh Erectus/The Clown /Tonight At Noon - Mingus, Charles Box set original album series 2015. Clown - Charles Mingus Warner 2012.

Written-By – Charles Mingus. Written-By – Charles Mingus. The Clown ‎(LP, Album, Mono).

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Haitian Fight Song 11:57
2 Blue Cee 7:48
3 Reincarnation Of A Lovebird 8:31
4 The Clown
Engineer – Larry HillerNarrator [Improvised Narration] – Jean Shepherd Tenor Saxophone – Shafi Hadi


  • Alto Saxophone – Shafi Hadi (tracks: 1 to 3)
  • Bass, Written-By – Charles Mingus
  • Drums – Dannie Richmond
  • Engineer – Tom Dowd
  • Piano – Wade Legge
  • Producer – Nesuhi Ertegun
  • Trombone – Jimmy Knepper


The Clown was recorded on February 13, 1957, at Audio-Video Studios, N.Y.
The other selections were recorded on March 12, 1957, at Atlantic Studios, N.Y.

Comes in mini LP replica with OBI & Japanese insert.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4 988029 117342
  • Rights Society: JASRAC

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
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 ‎(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

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