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Atlantic Rceordint Corpaemi9n
Charles Mingus, veteran jazz
bassman, whose latest album is
entitled Changes One.
Charles Mingas Changes One and Changes
These albums testify to Charles Mingus
three decades as a jazz bassman. He has
played with everyone from Duke Ellington
to Eric Dolphy. This album is an exciting
blend of the three schools Mingus has
associated with swing, bop and avant
garde. I prefer the Changes One album over the
second one in the collection. Changes Two
is good also, but it borrows more from
avant-garde jazz-a form I have not learned
to fully enjoy.
The titles to these pieces are interest
ing in themselves. My favorite cut is from
the first album: "Remember Rockefeller
Attica." The music is exuberant-not like
the grim title. Mingus has said his titles are
separate entities, meant to evoke thought
on their own without relationship to the
Jazz enthusiasts will love this album.
For those who have had little exposure
to jazz, this is a good place to start. The
liner notes by Nat Hentoff are helpful and
Tom T. HaftGreatest Hits, Vol 2
Tom T. Hall has been singing (well,
that, could be stretching it a little) to
county fair crowds across the Midwest and
South for so long it's hard to remember
when he started. But the country star
apparently has accumulated enough
recognition to hawk cars on Saturday
This collection of greatest hits has more
historic than musical value. Hall's story
telling songs have influenced other
musicians, who, fortunately, have pro
duced better songs than Hall's most
notably Bob Dylan's "Jack of Hearts."
' By Deb Gray
, Although none of these songs are
exceptionally long-not one on the first
side lasts even three minutes-I found it
hard to retain a pretense of interest
through the entire album.
Hall's voice isn't the problem. Granted,
it's not terrific, but it doesnt have that
hair-curling vibrato Freddie Fender's some
But an "aw-shucks" album filled with
beer foam and schlock causes irritating
hangovers. Now I admit "Who's Gonna
Feed them Hogs" is good for a couple of
laughs. But there's more froth: "Ravishing
Ruby", "I Like Beer", "Old Dogs, Children
and Dandelion Wine".
The whimsy is magnified by an
instrumental back-up that sounds like a
polka band filled with a week's worth of
tequila. It's about as intriguing as an album
of Ray Steven's greatest hits.
Free orchestra concert
a 'whale' of a program
'The one that is really interesting is this
whales piece," said Robert Emile,
conductor of the UNL Symphony, as he
placed a record on the phonograph in his
Westbrook Music Bldg. office.
Emile stood still for a moment, listen
ing to And God Created Whales, by Alan
Hovhaness. It will be third on the program
when Emile conducts the orchestra's free
concert Sunday at 8 p.m. in Kimball
"It's an immense shock to hear this
piece," Emile said, grinning. "Every
body says That's a whale?' It's more than
unexpected, it's really creepy."
Opening Sunday's concert will be
Die Meistersinger von Numb erg, by
Richard Wagner, followed by Symphony
No. 1, Opus 10, by Dmitri Shostakovich.
Emile said Shostakovich, who died this
year, wrote the piece when he was only 19.
The fourth and final selection for the
hour and a half concert is Hary Janos
.Suite, by Zoltan Kodaly.
"It starts with a sneeze," Emile said.
"It's just for fun, a colorful piece of
music." He said Kodaly based his com
position on a Hungarian tradition that says
after a person sneezes, he always tells the
This is his first concert conducted at
UNL Emile, 47, arrived here this fall from
Grossmont College in San Diego. He
praised the 93-memher UNL orchestra
by saying, "An orchestra doesn't play any
better than its weakest players. And we
have some very strong players."
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