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Charles Mingus - Moanin’

7/29/2014

Sing it, baby!

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Medley - Sakamichi no Apollon

This is one of the many amazing scenes from Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope). From what I can tell, the songs are My Favorite Things, Someday My Prince Will Come, and Moanin’.

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.

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Saturday Morning Jam.

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Ernestine Anderson singing “Moanin’”, 1967. 

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Moanin’ - Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

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Song of the Day: Charles Mingus - “Moanin’” (engineered by Tommy Dowd)

Support the Movement: Tommy Dowd for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee

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