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The Clown
Post Bop, Free Improvisation
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The Clown is an album by Charles Mingus released in September 1957 on Atlantic Records as SD-1260. It is the follow-up to 1956's Pithecanthropus Erectus and features the improvised narration of Jean Shepherd. All the tracks were recorded on March 12, 1957, except for "The Clown", recorded on February 13 of the same year.

Released August 1957. 1. Haitian Fight Song Lyrics. Released in 1957 by Atlantic Studios, The Clown balanced the two extremes of pain and hope in a way that only Mingus could provide. Personnel: Charles Mingus- Bass Shafi Hadi- Saxophone Jimmy Knepper- Trombone Wade Legge- Piano Dannie Richmond- Drums. Featuring Jean Shepherd. More Charles Mingus albums.

The Clown refines and heightens that gift; instead of just writing heads that provide launch points for solos, Mingus tries to evoke something specific with every piece, and even his most impressionistic forays have a strong storytelling quality. In fact, The Clown's title cut makes that explicit with a story verbally improvised by Jean Shepherd (yes, the same Jean Shepherd responsible for A Christmas Story) from a predetermined narrative.

The Clown" tells the story of a clown "who tried to please people like most jazz musicians do, but whom nobody liked until he was dead.

I vaguely recall reading a statistic stating that around 80% of all proposed and legitimate phobias only occur in the United States. While a part of me finds this hard to believe, another part of me realizes that it’s probably true. Americans are not only more exposed to all kinds of media than perhaps any other country, but the images, sounds, bold letters, and the oh-so-bright lights are more over the top; more intense. So you can imagine my troubled, almost compromised point of view when dissecting jazz legend Charles Mingus and his eponymous album The Clown. Nonetheless I am in love with this record. It was recorded during a stage when Mingus seemed interested in exploring technical proficiency rather than the personality and ideas of his compositions.


A1 Haitian Fight Song 11:57
A2 Blue Cee 7:48
B1 Reincarnation Of A Lovebird 8:31
B2 The Clown 12:29

Companies, etc.

  • Distributed By – WEA Filipacchi Music
  • Manufactured By – Record Service Alsdorf
  • Pressed By – MPO


  • Alto Saxophone – Curtis Porter (tracks: A1 to B1)
  • Bass – Charles Mingus
  • Drums – Dannie Richmond
  • Liner Notes – Patrice Blanc-Francard
  • Narrator [Improvised Narration] – Jean Shepherd (tracks: B2)
  • Piano – Wade Legge
  • Recorded By – Larry Hiller, Tom Dowd
  • Tenor Saxophone – Curtis Porter (tracks: B2)
  • Trombone – Jimmy Knepper


Late 70s / early 80s reissue.
Obviously pressed by MPO but manufactured (and printed) in Germany by Record Service GmbH, Alsdorf

Embossed Warner stamp on rear

Recorded in 1957
Liner notes in English and French

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, stamped): MPO WEA 40030 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, stamped / etched F): MPO F WEA 40030 B
  • Rights Society: SACEM SDRM SACD SGDL
  • Label Code: LC 0121
  • Price Code: WE 3④1
  • Other: 1260

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
1260 Charles Mingus, The Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop* Charles Mingus, The Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop* - The Clown ‎(LP, Album, Mono) Atlantic 1260 US 1957
1260 Charles Mingus The Clown ‎(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Atlantic 1260 US 1961
1260 Charles Mingus The Clown ‎(LP, Album, RE) Atlantic 1260 US Unknown
1260 Charles Mingus The Clown ‎(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Atlantic 1260 US 1959
LTZ-K 15164 Charles Mingus The Clown ‎(LP, Album, Mono) London Records LTZ-K 15164 UK 1957