Ode to Mingus is an album by the American jazz drummer Dannie Richmond recorded in 1979 and released on the Italian Soul Note label.
“Recorded 11 months after Charles Mingus’ death, this set from the bassist’s longtime drummer Dannie Richmond is his first of two tributes to Mingus; it would be followed by a Timeless set nine months later. Richmond teams up with three members of Mingus Dynasty (with whom he was touring Europe): tenor saxophonist Bill Saxton, pianist Danny Mixon and bassist Mike Richmond. Despite their fine playing on the record, Saxton and Mixon have both remained fairly obscure. Surprisingly, the quartet does not actually play any Mingus tunes, instead performing “If You Could See Me Now” (which Richmond sings) and four of the drummer’s originals, including “Love Bird” and the 18-minute “Ode to Mingus.” Throughout the date, Richmond’s drumming (which is showcased on the brief solo piece “Olduval Gorge”) is heard in prime form.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.
All compositions by Dannie Richmond except as indicated
“Ode to Mingus” – 18:19
“Olduvai Gorge” – 2:46
“Love Bird” – 9:11
“If You Could See Me Now” (Tadd Dameron, Carl Sigman) – 3:11
“Drum Some, Some Drum” – 7:47
Recorded at Barigozzi Studio in Milano, Italy on November 23 & 24, 1979
Dannie Richmond – drums
Bill Saxton – tenor saxophone
Danny Mixon – piano
Mike Richmond – bass
Recorded: November 23 & 24, 1979
Label: Soul Note
Producer: Giovanni Bonandrini