Charles Mingus, 'The Jazz Workshop Concerts: 1964-65' (Mosaic Records; $119)

Over time, the world slowly but surely is recognizing the genius and enormous output of bassist-composer-bandleader Mingus, and "The Jazz Workshop Concerts" should go a long way toward advancing that recognition. Its seven CDs include a great deal of music never released before, Mingus performing live alongside Eric Dolphy, Jaki Byard, Charles McPherson and Clifford Jordan, among other major figures. Throughout, the man's virtuosity on bass is matched by his audacity as composer-visionary. Available at
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