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“When the music reached a pitch of intensity, achieved a level of pressure even higher than that inside him, a momentum so urgent that nothing could get in its way and everyone looked like that were hanging on for grim death – that was when he hollered and whooped above the music, urging it on so that he could feel the calm of the hurricane’s eye, yelling and howling like Frankenstein ecstatic and aghast at the monster he has unleashed, delighted by the thought that it is all but beyond his control.” (Geoff Dyer on Charles Mingus from But Beautiful.)

http://vimeo.com/68380524 (‘Sailor’s Bonnet’ set)

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http://vimeo.com/32139474 (‘Stormy Weather’)

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/32139474″>STORMY WEATHER – CHARLES MINGUS</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user9270321″>rascaldani</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Martin Hayes: “A lot of children’s lullabies are very powerful to me. A lot of Christmas carols are very powerful music ideas. Humility in music is a good quality, too. The musicians that I’ve heard that were humble enough to try something outrageously childish and simply and put all their conviction and belief behind had just amazing power. I like to hear that a lot.” (http://www.jimwoodmusic.net/article.php?id=019)

Charles Mingus: “Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”


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