Charles Mingus - Discographical Issues and Mingus' Recorded Oeuvre
Mingus' improvisational style and workshop-based process of developing his compositions and recorded performances brings up interesting issues for discography and the history of jazz recording. Jennifer Griffith, a pianist and composer who wrote her doctoral dissertation on Mingus, has kindly agreed to introduce and discuss these issues using the comment and annotation functions of J-DISC.
Some of Jennifer's comments have been directed toward the musical content (especially the political and personal messages that are so central to Mingus' approach and outlook). However, when we entered into a discussion as to exactly where these should go, it intersected with discographic questions, or more specifically how comments and the structure of an annotated database might interact. See the next comment in this thread for more detail on the dialogue and the decisions we made around it. (See also Jennifer Griffith and David Wild's comments on folksonomic tagging in the pertinent discussion thread.)
To begin, see Jennifer's very informative comment on a recording with an important Mingus political and artistic statement, The Clown.