Adriano Clemente – The Mingus Suite (2016)

Adriano Clemente - The Mingus Suite (2016)
Artist: Adriano Clemente
Album: The Mingus Suite
Label: Dodicilune
Year Of Release: 2016
Format: FLAC (tracks)
01. Inner Fires
02. Memories of Duke
03. Urban Jungle, Pt. 1
04. Circus
05. Blues in Rags
06. Night City Blues
07. While You Are Asleep
08. Urban Jungle, Pt. 2
09. Last Blues
10. Requiem / Inner Fires Reprise
11. Brown Bear’s Love Waltz
12. For My Father


The Mingus Suite is a little bit tribute to jazz legend Charles Mingus, a little bit extrapolation of the life and perspective of composer Adriano Clemente and a whole lot of the creative spirit of both musicians. Rooted in the blues yet full of avant-garde swagger, this large ensemble work featuring the Akashmani Ensemble is true to the music and musician that inspired this project while still sounding very much rooted in the present day. There’s some old-school swing with “Blues in Rags” and there’s some old-school experimentalism with “Inner Fires” and the way it keeps surging forward then suddenly receding into a contented peace. There’s the lovely reveries like “Memories of Duke” and “For My Father” and the way they walk the dividing line between serene and funereal, and counterbalanced by the energetic chatter of the two-part “Urban Jungle” keeping things from ever getting drowsy. And then there’s the song “Circus,” which hints at a whimsical nature, but the gorgeous harmonic development of woodwinds, bowed bass and piano envelops the affair with its serious beauty.

Mingus fans can’t go wrong with this one. And, really, music this good, nobody should be unhappy loading this one up into their library

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