For some people, the list of groundbreaking jazz bassists begins and ends with Charles Mingus, who passed away in 1979. Perhaps it's Mingus' sheer charisma as much as the music itself; he was as known for womanizing, fisticuffs, and the occasional shotgun-waving scene as he was for his unparalleled compositions. Often overlooked is the rich complexity of his music, steeped in Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schönberg as much as Duke Ellington and Count Basie, with nuance and feeling in equal measure to rhythm and groove. Plus, Mingus achieved all this while playing the bass, which Andrew... More >>>