SATURDAY JAZZ BRUNCH: Moanin’ by Charles Mingus - Be careful when you criticize a great, because they may come back with a ferocity that you cannot even comprehend. Mingus was accused of not “swinging” enough on his last album by the critics.
He responded with the album Blues & Roots and knocked their socks off. This is a real blues album, it swings, it is loud, it is bombastic, it is complex. My favorite track is Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting, but Moanin’ is a monstrously dense ball of combustible sound that explodes with energy. If this doesn’t charge you up for the long weekend, then you have no soul.