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Blues & Roots

Charles Mingus Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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1. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting
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3. Moanin'
4. Tensions
5. My Jelly Roll Soul
6. E's Flat Ah's Flat Too
7. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting
8. Tensions
9. My Jelly Roll Soul
10. E's Flat Ah's Flat Too

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Bassist Charles Mingus was always ready for a good fight. In the liner notes to this disc, Mingus says he wanted to respond to critics who said he didn't swing enough. And reply he did. Mingus gave whoever these absurd quibblers were some of the most ecstatic blues ("Moanin'" and "Cryin Blues"), gospel ("Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting") and Dixieland ("My Jelly Roll Soul") the jazz world has ever heard. Along with his striking original compositions, the instrumental combination in Mingus's nonet remains unconventional: the frontline included four saxophonists and two trombonists without the counterweight of a trumpeter. The leader's sliding octave bass lines and percussive slaps are totally rollicking, and the wild abandon in the group's playing is irrepressible. --Aaron Cohen --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Moanin' Sept. 14 2000
Format:Audio CD
All of Mingus' music is far above average. A whole lot of it is absolutely ingenious. This disk is on par with the expanse of his greatness.
Intensity and swing are the main jive of this album. Striving less for perfection than momentum, this disk is masterful.
"Moanin'" is a swinging mess of brassy blues, and "Cryin'Blues" is a heartwrencher. "My Jelly Roll Soul," a tribute to Mingus' idol Jelly Roll Morton, alleviates the tension, and replaces it with sure bliss. Child-like.
Out of all of Mingus' music, this is the album I play the most.
Again, masterful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Mingus Jan. 19 2003
Format:Audio CD
While this isn't quite in the front rank of Mingus albums--_Mingus Ah Um_, recorded with a similarly-constituted band for Columbia, is a much more ambitious & wide-ranging album--_Blues & Roots_ is nonetheless a characteristically powerful & tempestuous recording by the bassist. His curious habit of constantly reworking compositions, pet chord progressions, phrases & ideas is strongly evident here--perhaps a little too strongly: "Moanin'" & "E's Flat Ah's Flat Too", in particular, are identically structured musical rounds built up over Pepper Adams' full-tilt baritone riffs. "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting" & "My Jelly Roll Soul" are also worth cross-referencing to performances on other Mingus albums of the period.
The ten-strong band on here is superb--Jackie McLean, Booker Ervin, Jimmy Knepper, John Handy, Pepper Adams, Horace Parlam & Mal Waldron..... A special word for Willie Dennis, a tragically short-lived trombonist who never recorded much in his lifetime but was a truly astonishing musician--check out Ronnie Ball's (deleted, but not hard to find) Savoy disc with Dennis & Ted Brown in the front line for a rare extended sample of Dennis's improvisational powers. On _Blues & Roots_, alas, he only gets the briefest of look-ins.
A fine, very enjoyable album: give it a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If I can't hear Mingus In heaven...I ain't goin'. June 20 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Dexter Gordon said it best.."Man, if you can't play the blues, you can forget it!" Brother Mingus proves here without a doubt he knows his blues(Jelly Roll...),and his roots(Wednesday Night Prayer Meetin'). He also proves to many who choose to pay attention the importance of structure to free jazz. The audience and in some cases the artists like to know what's goin' on. He also proves he lived by the words,"You Better Get It In Your Soul". Those of us who truly understand what "Beneath The Underdog" means have no choice but to thank him for his beauitfic, volitile genius-driven life in art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blues and Roots: A boiling cauldron of soul July 12 2000
Format:Audio CD
Technically difficult music that drips with rhythm and soul - The ultimate jazz album? You betcha! Similiar to Ah Um, this record stands the test of 100s of listenings because of its amazing musicianship and beautifully-complex compositions. On every song it seems, you hear one perfect, funky line by one instrument, which is then combined with another completely different melody by another...and another and another, until you have 10 players soloing over each other without stepping on toes. Its a prayer meetin' with brains! The extra tracks are great, but are in mono (good quality mono though). Buy this now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing Nov. 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was pleasantly surprised by this album. I've allways liked Mingus, but sometimes his style of play, while skillfull, is sometimes out of rythem, making it difficult to follow.
This cd floored me, I've had it for about a month now and must've listened to it 20 times.
My co-workers are wishing i'd play something else though! Just can't get enough!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tape edits ruin it for me March 7 2000
Format:Audio CD
There might well have been a great album here but for me Mingus' ham-fisted tape edits detract from the music's quality. It compares unfavorably with "Live at Antibes" which is from this time frame. The alternate takes, unfortunately, are of poor audio quality and sound like lazy runthroughs.
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