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If Freud's Wife Was Your Mother
(bass solo)

Charles Mingus

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April 22, 1922 - January 5, 1979


Charles Mingus is featured performing the bass solo from "All The Things You Could Be By Now, If Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother."

In 1960 Mingus, drummer Dannie Richmond and sax player Eric Dolphy recorded their far more experimental “Freud” adaptation for the album “Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus.” This extremely lively version likely dates to the later '60s.

Composed by Jerome Kern for the 1939 musical “Very Warm for May,” “All the Things You Are” had a chorus that would later become very popular in jazz. With The Quintet, Charles Mingus would play it with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Max Roach and Bud Powell.


Charles Mingus, bass
Dannie Richmond, drums
John Gilmore, tenor sax

Influenced by both jazz and gospel music, Charles Mingus gained fame as a bass prodigy in the early 1940s.

He toured the West Coast with Louis Armstrong in 1943 and was performing with Lionel Hampton's band by the end of the decade, with whom he would first get an opportunity to record some of his own music.

Mingus went on to co-found Debut Records Max Roach in 1952 allowing him complete artistic control over the recording process.

He would become among the most renowned bass innovator, composer, and bandleader in jazz.

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