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Charles Mingus - "Pithecanthropus Erectus" 1955-1957 album flac

Charles Mingus - "Pithecanthropus Erectus" 1955-1957 album flac Performer: Charles Mingus
Title: "Pithecanthropus Erectus" 1955-1957
Style: Hard Bop, Cool Jazz
Released: 1989
Country: Europe
MP3 album: 1801 mb
FLAC album: 1924 mb
Rating: 4.2
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Genre: Jazz

Pithecanthropus Erectus is a 1956 album by jazz composer and bassist Charles Mingus. Mingus noted that this was the first album where he taught arrangements to his musicians by ear in lieu of putting the chords and arrangements in writing

Pithecanthropus Erectus was Charles Mingus' breakthrough as a leader, the album where he established himself as a composer of boundless imagination and a fresh new voice that, despite his ambitiously modern concepts, was firmly grounded in jazz tradition. Mingus truly discovered himself after mastering the vocabularies of bop and swing, and with Pithecanthropus Erectus he began seeking new ways to increase the evocative power of the art form and challenge his musicians (who here include altoist Jackie McLean and pianist Mal Waldron) to work outside of convention.

Chronology: Pithecanthropus Erectus (1956); The Clown (1957); Mingus Mingus Mingus (1957); Tijuana Moods (1957); East Coasting (1957;) Jazz Portraits (Wonderland) (1959); Blues and Roots (1959); Ah Um (1959); Mingus Dynasty (1959); Mingus Presents (1960); Reincarnation of a Lovebird (1960); The Black Saint and the Singer Lady (1963); Mingus 5 (1963); Mingus at Monterey (1965). Glancing over the Mingus chronology in an earlier post I realised I had omitted one of the master’s earliest and greatest works. Mingus has noted this was the first album where he taught arrangements to his musicians by ear in place of writing everything down. Mingus ? I mimed the upright bass. Pithecanthropus. Probably best not to go down that road, I thought. Could be taken the wrong way, international insult.

Artist Charles Mingus Title Pithecanthropus Erectus Release Date 1999-12-07 Label: EMI Records Number of Discs 1. Read full description. See details and exclusions.

Mingus Ah Um released: 1999. Pithecanthropus Erectus: 1955-1957 released: 1999. The Complete 1959 Columbia Recordings released: 1998. Tonight at Noon released: 1998. Mingus Dynasty released: 1998. Sauvage released: 1997. Mingus at Monterey released: 1997. Passions of a Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1956–1961) released: 1997. This Is Jazz, Volume 6 released: Pre-Bird released: Pithecanthropus Erectus released: The Charles Mingus Quintet + Max Roach released: Jazzical Moods. What Is This Thing Called Love.


A1 Pithecanthropus Erectus 10:30
A2 Memories Of You 4:22
A3 Haitian Fight Song 5:24
A4 Serenade In Blue 6:00
B1 A Foggy Day 5:24
B2 Work Song 6:21
B3 Jump, Monk 6:46
B4 Love Chant 7:26

Companies, etc.

  • Recorded At – Café Bohemia


  • Alto Saxophone – Jackie McLean (tracks: A1,B4), Shafi Hadi (tracks: A2)
  • Bass – Charles Mingus
  • Drums – Dannie Richmond (tracks: A2), Willie Jones (tracks: A1, A3 to B4)
  • Piano – Bill Evans (tracks: A2), Mal Waldron (tracks: A1, A3 to B4)
  • Tenor Saxophone – George Barrow (tracks: A3, A4 to B3), J.R. Monterose (tracks: A1, B4), Shafi Hadi (tracks: A2)
  • Trombone – Eddie Bert (tracks: A3, A4 to B3), Jimmy Knepper (tracks: A2)
  • Trumpet – Clarence Shaw (tracks: A2)


A3, A4, B1, B2, B3 recorded at the Cafe Bohemia, New York City, December 23, 1955.
A1, B4 recorded in New York City, January 30, 1956.
A2 recorded in New York City, August, 1957.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 8 004883 140008

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
CD 53056 Charles Mingus "Pithecanthropus Erectus" 1955-1957 ‎(CD, Comp, RE) Giants Of Jazz CD 53056 Europe 1996
CD 53056 Charles Mingus "Pithecanthropus Erectus" 1955-1957 ‎(CD, Comp) Giants Of Jazz CD 53056 Europe 1990