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Charlies Mingus - Fables of Faubus
Track 7 on Mingus’s 1959 masterpiece - ‘Mingus Ah Um’.
Written originally as a faintly comical protest tune against the famously racist governer of Arkansas in 1959 ‘Orval Faubus’. The initial version had a call and response section, in which during the tune, Mingus shouts to the drummer ‘Name me someone who’s ridiculous, Danny’ - to which the words Governor Faubus!’ are enthusiastically called back. Columbia records however refused to publish a record which included this provocative addition to an already controversial tune.
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers performing live at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, November 14 and 15 1959 (photos by Herbert Behrens)
Theme Chunk 5, by Max davis.