Daily Distraction: Mark Lomax plays Charles Mingus

The Mark Lomax Trio puts its spin on songs by the legendary bass player, pianist and composer

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Mark Lomax

Today, the Mark Lomax Trio, which features Columbus percussionist and composer Mark Lomax, saxophonist Eddie Bayard and bassist Dean Hulett, released Trio Plays Mingus, a commemorative album celebrating the music of legendary composer and jazz bassist Charles Mingus, who was born 100 years ago (April 22, 1922).

Lomax was born within days of Mingus' death in 1979. “In the African tradition, when a person becomes an ancestor, they influence the affairs of their living descendants,” Lomax said in a press release, adding that Mingus "inspired my approach to music, and it was his work that influenced me to study composition formally. ... While many people have thought his compositions are difficult — and they are — he sought to represent a holistic portrait of Afrikan American culture from his unique lens. He said life is complicated, but if you take the time to look deeply, it’s also very beautiful. For all these reasons — the personal, musical, and cultural influence he had — we celebrate him.”

Stream, download or order the CD of Trio Plays Mingus at Lomax's website.

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