Well this is not really Charles Mingus. It is Gunther Schuller conducting a large orchestra performing some of Charles Mingus's music. Although there are some very fine muscians performing, it lacks the spirit that Mingus brought to his music. For some reason Mingus was able, through jiving, caholing, talking,.... to extract the between the lines stuff that you cannot put on a chart. This is missing in this performance. But it is a very fine Schuller.