Besides being one of the most dynamic bass players, Mingus' compositions rank him as one of the true innovators of jazz music. His songs range from jamming blues numbers for small groups that have influenced rock musicians to pieces for large bands that have the complexity of classical arrangements. Some of his most famous compositions include, 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,' 'Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting' and 'Orange Was the Color of Her Dress.' His arrangements were always cutting edge, rivaled in genius only by Duke Ellington. While Ellington is the most important musician of the 20th century, the compositions of Mingus could prove as or more influential in the next century.
During his long career he played with all the greats, including Lionel Hampton, Ellington, Stan Getz, Art Tatum and Bud Powell. Mingus also played a role in the bebop revolution and was part of the historic Massey Hall concert in 1953, which featured Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Powell and Max Roach. His wife has help set up a web site dedicated to his music.