Mingus Plays Piano

(Superior Viaduct) Used LP $10.00 (Out-of-stock)

2015 reissue of the bassist / composer’s 1963 LP of spontaneous compositions and improvisations, the only record to feature Mingus performing on his instrument of choice for composing. The opening track shrugs off virtuosic pretension and stakes out more introspective territory. These trance-like, poetic musings reveal a tenderness rarely associated with Mingus, reminiscent of Erik Satie’s piano works and Art Tatum’s free rhythmic style. Small seam split along bottom edge.