good morning good morning!
It’s been quite a long time since we last had a Mingus Monday. So let’s do one today!
About a month or so ago I picked up one of his records, Blues and Roots. I think it’s the sixth Mingus record I have in my collection now? It’s been a long time since I updated my vinyl list.
I think it’s a unique collection of music he has made. Mingus was obviously a jazz master, and so when a jazz master gives his own take on the blues you come away with a powerful record.
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting, which was featured in a previous TOTD, features some of that gospel and blues feel that Mingus experienced as a young kid.
“I was born swinging and clapped my hands in church as a little boy, but I’ve grown up and I like to do things other than just swing. But blues can do more than just swing. So I agreed,” he said of the album’s influence.
The album also gives us - at least your HIC - a greater appreciation of Mingus’s skill as a composer. The two trombones and baritone saxiphone give the record a particular deep groove.
Anyways - hope you enjoy today’s Mingus Monday!
Fitzie’s track of the day: Cryin’ Blues, by Charles Mingus
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