Thursday, December 08, 2011


Jazz legend Charles Mingus needs no introduction, and if you don't know the name of writer Jean Shepherd, you probably know of his works, e.g. the 1983 film "A Christmas Story." None of which will prepare you for this 12 minute hunk of twisted circus jazz and dark humor, the kind of spoken word/music surrealism that Joe Frank does, but this is from 1957. From Mingus' album of the same name, prepare thyself for..."The Clown":

1 comment:

DZONDZON said...

The man in the clown make-up on the cover is the narrator Jean Shepherd. If you liked Christmas Story and are interested in Jean's other work, there are hundreds of his WOR radio shows from the 1960s and 70s out on the internet. Google Flick Lives.