07/22/12

İlhan Mimaroğlu, Produced Mingus, Dies at 86

Turkish composer also collaborated with Freddie Hubbard

İlhan Mimaroğlu, a Turkish musician and composer whose greatest recognition in the West came from his production for Charles Mingus, died July 17 in New York City. The cause was pneumonia.

An early champion of electronic music and the synthesizer, İlhan Mimaroğlu came to the United States from his native Istanbul in 1959 and, starting in the 1960s, worked at Atlantic Records, where he was assigned to produce Mingus (among other artists) in the early ’70s. His credits include Mingus’ Changes One and Changes Two albums.

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İlhan Mimaroğlu

Mimaroğlu was also a prolific composer, and worked alongside trumpeter Freddie Hubbard on the latter’s album Sing Me a Song of Songmy. Among Mimaroğlu’s other credits was music for the Fellini film Satyricon.

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