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.
minnie the moocher / c.c productions; fly me to the moon / frank sinatra; mr. sandman / the chordettes; autumn leaves / cannonball adderley; l-o-ve / nat king cole; i’ve got you under my skin / frank sinatra; blue serge / stan getz; puttin’ on the ritz / robbie williams; east st. louis toodle-oo / duke ellington; i loves you porgy / nina simone; blue moon / frank sinatra; moanin’ / art blakey
Jack Sheldon (tp) Conte Candori (tp) Al Porcino (tp) Bob Enevoldsen (tb) George Roberts (tb) Vince De Rosa (frh) Art Pepper (as) Bill Perkins (ts) Bill Hood (bs) Victor Feldman (vib) Joe Mondragon (b) Mel Lewis (ds) Marty Paich (p,cond,arr)
Hey remember about a year ago when I was bitchin and moanin about never being able to go blonde because I fucked up my hair with pink WELL LOOK AT THIS I WAS GOOD AND PATIENT AND IM GODDAMN BLONDE AND I LOOK REAL HOT