Mingus/Mingus: Two Memoirs

Janet Coleman, Author, Al Young, With Creative Arts Book Company $14.95 (160p) ISBN 978-0-88739-067-8
Freelance writer Coleman and prolific author Young ( Sitting Pretty , etc.), both devotees of Charles Mingus (1922-1979), here present an unconventional, nonchronological, anecdotal, impressionistic account of the personality and contributions of the great jazz bassist and composer. They met him in 1960 when they were students at the University of Michigan, and for the next 20 years, until Mingus died in Mexico, their lives and his were inextricably joined. Captivated by the violent musician--``the Marlon Brando and the Laurence Olivier of Jazz''--whose over-indulgence and self-destruction were balanced by a gentle generosity, Coleman and Young reveal a vibrant, wonderfully complex man who expanded traditional jazz forms, encouraged improvisation, established the first jazz musicians' cooperative and was an impassioned, outspoken foe of racism. Photos not seen by PW. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/06/1989
Release date: 07/01/1989
Paperback - 188 pages - 978-0-87910-149-7
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