Charles Mingus (1922–1979) was a revolutionary bass player and composer. His virtuoso playing style, audacious compositions and explosive personality had a transformative impact on the genre.
Mingus' music defied categorization, fusing diverse influences ranging from blues and gospel to classical and avant-garde. With his uncompromising vision and relentless pursuit of artistic excellence, he produced a number of classic albums including "Mingus Ah Um" (1959) and "The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady" (1963) that paired profound emotional depth with socio-political commentary. His enduring legacy as a fearless innovator continues to shape and inspire the world of jazz.