Charles Mingus – Blues and Roots


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

Personnel: Charles Mingus (bass); Jackie McLean, John Handy (alto saxophone); Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Jimmy Knepper, Willie Dennis (trombone); Horace Parlan, Mal Waldron (piano); Dannie Richmond (drums).


01. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting
02. Cryin’ Blues
03. Moanin’
04. Tensions
05. My Jelly Roll Soul
06. E’s Flat Ah’s Flat Too
07. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting (Alternate Take)
08. Tensions (Alternate Take)
09. My Jelly Roll Soul (Alternate Take)
10. E’s Flat Ah’s Flat Too (Alternate Take)

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3 Responses to “Charles Mingus – Blues and Roots”

  1. Bink Figgins says:

    This is such a slept on Mingus rekkid; maybe because it’s his most straight ahead album he did. But it’s fantastic. The band is top shottaz and Mingus kills it himself.

    You have an absolutely outstanding blog here man. I’m a huge fan. Thanks for all the great stuff.

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  2. oo says:

    this album is bananas every time i have listened to yet, im blown away by the creative especially considering it was made in 1960…just amazing

  3. jazzfan says:

    Great! Thank you very much!

    By the way, I’m looking for The Freedom Book by Booker Ervin, would it be possible for you to upload it someday?

    Thanks in advance!

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