Charles Mingus – All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud’s Wife Was Your Mother (1960)

This fresh and determined “All The Things You Could Be By Now if Sigmund Freud’s Wife Was Your Mother” is from the album Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus, recorded and released in 1960.

“All The Things You Could Be By Now if Sigmund Freud’s Wife Was Your Mother” is loosely based on “All The Things You Are”, but according to Hentoff, “the musicians keep the original structure… but do not even play the tune’s chord structure. The piece in general is based on A flat. Again, the rhythms change. There is no set beat, and yet there’s an implicit rhythmic flow, up and down, throughout the work”. Explains Dannie Richmond, “Mingus and I feel each other out as we go; but always, when the time comes back into the original beat, we’re both always there. The best way I can explain is that we find a beat that’s in the air, and just take it out of the air when we want it”.

Hentoff concludes, “For once, in these sessions, everyone in a Mingus unit reached – and maintained – that level of daring and that power to make their instruments become extensions of themselves“. [source]

Eric Dolphy (Alto Saxophone)
Charles Mingus (Bass)
Dannie Richmond (Drums)
Ted Curson (Trumpet)

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