What our staff has to say: “The year of 59 the supposed peak of traditional jazz, pumping out classic after classic jazz records. This being one of them, Mingus hits as hard as ever on this album with the original cover work by Fujita.”
Mingus Ah Um is a studio album by American jazz musician Charles Mingus, released in October 1959 by Columbia Records. It was his first album recorded for Columbia. The cover features a painting by S. Neil Fujita. The title is a corruption of an imaginary Latin declension. It is common for Latin students to memorize Latin adjectives by first saying the masculine nominative (usually ending in “-us”), then the feminine nominative (“-a”), and finally the neuter nominative singular (“-um”)—implying a transformation of his name, Mingus, Minga, Mingum. The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013.