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Charles Mingus - The Clown FLAC album

Performer: Charles Mingus
Genre: Jazz
Title: The Clown
Country: US
Style: Bop, Post Bop
FLAC version ZIP size: 1282 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1517 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1442 mb
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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.

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Duration: 56:58 Year: 1957. 0:00 ? Charles Mingus albums. Let My Children Hear Music.

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

Companies, etc.

  • Copyright (c) – Atlantic Recording Corporation
  • Made By – Warner Music Manufacturing Europe
  • Recorded At – Audio-Video Studios
  • Recorded At – Atlantic Studios


  • Alto Saxophone – Shafi Hadi (tracks: 1 to 3)
  • Bass, Written-By – Charles Mingus
  • Drums – Dannie Richmond
  • Engineer – Tom Dowd
  • Liner Notes – Nat Hentoff
  • 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.
Original monaural recordings.
The album was first released in 1961 as Atlantic 1260.
© 1984
Made in Germany.
6 page fold out insert including 3 pages of liner notes.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 075679014221
  • Barcode (Printed): 0 7567-90142-2 1
  • Label Code: LC 0121
  • Rights Society: GEMA/BIEM
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L012
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0610
  • Matrix / Runout: 756790142-2 WME
  • Matrix / Runout (Pressed on inner ring): Warners Logo
  • Other: WE 835

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