November 06, 1992 at 05:00 AM EST

In Hal Willner Presents Weird Nightmare: Meditations on Mingus, producer Hal Willner and his house band don’t bother replicating the late Charles Mingus’ melodies on this eclectic tribute to the legendary jazz bassist-composer. Instead, they seek the messy Mingus spirit through genre-bending collisions of attitude and sound that cast Elvis Costello as crooner, Henry Rollins as beat poet, and Chuck D as jazz historian. A

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