Charles Mingus’ music is considered to be among the most original, forward-looking and powerful of any in the idiom. It seems only appropriate then that the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, which is dedicated to “preserving America’s jazz heritage,” should follow its tribute to John Coltrane with a recording of Mingus’ music. Don’t Be Afraid contains six Mingus works, among them the first two sections of “Black Saint and the Sinner Lady” and “Meditations on Integration,” two of his most ambitious and complex compositions. Also included are “Dizzy Moods,” “Tijuana Gift Shop,” “Los Mariachis” and “Don’t Be Afraid, the Clown’s Afraid Too.”
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