Blues & Roots [Bonus Tracks]

Blues & Roots [Bonus Tracks]

by Charles MingusCharles Mingus


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In the late 1950s, Charles Mingus had a career-defining burst of creativity. In 1959 alone, he made Blues & Roots, Mingus Ah Um, and Mingus Dynasty -- three classics stuffed with Mingus standards (indeed, much of the repertoire of today's Mingus Big Band). Mingus's writing always kept one foot in the swamp and one in the church, but that combination -- the stomp of the blues and the exultation of gospel music -- was rarely as blatant as in the six tunes that make up Blues & Roots, including "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting," "Moanin'," "E's Flat Ah's Flat Too," and the bass-slapping tip of the hat to an earlier jazz giant, "My Jelly Roll Soul." Played by a nine-piece band of Mingus stalwarts (including Jimmy Knepper, Dannie Richmond, Booker Ervin, Pepper Adams and, for good measure, Jackie McLean), Mingus's well-titled blues album came at the start of a craze for soul-jazz. Jazz rarely gets more soulful than this.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2008
Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
UPC: 0081227361723
catalogNumber: 273617
Rank: 22592

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Mingus   Primary Artist,Bass,Group Member
Pepper Adams   Baritone Saxophone,Group Member
Booker Ervin   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Jimmy Knepper   Trombone,Group Member
Horace Parlan   Piano
Dannie Richmond   Drums
Mal Waldron   Piano
Willie Dennis   Trombone,Group Member
Jackie McLean   Alto Saxophone,Group Member
John Hardy   Alto Saxophone,Group Member

Technical Credits

Charles Mingus   Composer,Original Liner Notes
Tom Dowd   Engineer
Nesuhi Ertegun   Original Album Producer
Nat Hentoff   Reissue Liner Notes
Lee Friedlander   Cover Photo

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