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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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 


Moanin’ - Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers