Musical tradition, insurrection, and resurrection: The life and legacy of composer/bassist Charles Mingus

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Abstract

Charles Mingus was perhaps the foremost straight-ahead jazz upright bassist and composer of his generation, blending the inspirational influences of gospel, jazz improvisation, and art music leanings into a unique style all his own. His demise from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in his fifth decade robbed the world of one of the great creative voices of American music. Aspects of Mingus' life, his career as a bassist, bandleader, and composer, and his neuromuscular illness are discussed, emphasizing his legacy for the disparate fields of jazz and neurology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-28
Number of pages4
JournalSeminars in Neurology
Volume19
Issue number2 SUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Oct 25 1999

Keywords

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Charles Mingus
  • Jazz
  • Music
  • Neurology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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