The Charles Mingus Sextet featuring Eric Dolphy perform
Take the "A" Train
Live in Norway, April 12, 1964 [more inside]
Charles Mingus trained his cat to use the toilet.
Toilet training your cat is not a new phenomenon, as Youtube will testify
. Everyone* has an opinion on how best to convince your cat to use the commode instead of a litter box. This week, the Billfold
explores the possibility of saving money on cat litter by getting Muffin to use the commode. But the buried treasure in the article is Charles' Mingus' guide to toilet training your cat
. [more inside]
The Billy Taylor Trio, live at Storyville.
In 1951 legendary bass player Charles Mingus sat in with the Billy Taylor trio for a live broadcast. Here
is thirty minutes of the broadcast. [more inside]
Even if he was a world-class weirdo (or, if you take his words literally, three world-class weirdoes
) who spent time in Bellevue
, enlisted his psychotherapist to write his liner notes,
and allegedly taught his cat to use the toilet
(h/t to MeFi's urbanwhaleshark
), I'll best remember Charles Mingus
for giving me his 1960 take on "I'll Remember April"
, featuring the most exciting four minutes of music in my entire collection (starting at the 9:25 mark of the video). [more inside]