Charles Mingus records ‘Blues & Roots,’ an album for Atlantic (1959)

Charles Mingus‘ ‘Blues & The Roots‘ is an album recorded on February 4, 1959 in New York City and released in March 1960 by Atlantic.

Track Listing : 1.Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting (Charles Mingus) – 05:39 . 2.Cryin’ Blues (Charles Mingus) – 04:58 . 3.Moanin’ (Charles Mingus) – 08:01 . 4.Tensions (Charles Mingus) – 06:27 . 5.My Jelly Roll Soul (Charles Mingus) – 06:47 . 6.E’S Flat Ah’S Flat Too (Charles Mingus) – 06:37

Lee Friedlander

Musicians : Charles Mingus – Bass . John Handy – Alto Sax . Jackie Mclean – Alto Sax . Booker Ervin – Tenor Sax . Pepper Adams – Baritone Sax . Jimmy Knepper – Trombone . Willie Dennis – Trombone . Dannie Richmond – Drums . Horace Parlan – Piano Except On (6) . Mal Waldron – Piano On (6)

Production : Produced By Nesuhi Ertegün Tom Dowd – Engineer . Stephen Innocenzi – Mastering

Package : Lee Friedlander asterisques RVM – Photography . Charles Mingus – Liner Notes

Recorded On February 4, 1959 At Atlantic Studios, New York City.

Released In March 1960 By Atlantic.

(Source Charles Mingus – Blues & The Roots | The Official Site | Charles Mingus)

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All About Jazz
It is one of the key albums in Mingus’ career, a boisterous, rollicking record that has the feel of a car going too fast, always in danger of running off the road. […]

Trust Me I’m a Scientist
The result is Blues & The Roots, a record that features moments with more balls, swaggerand visceral force than almost anything else before or since. For those listeners who aren’t entirely comfortable with the language of jazz, it’s probably the best introduction to the temperamental genius of Charles Mingus. […]

Whether the music is explicitly gospel-based — like the groundbreaking classic “Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting” — or not, the whole album is performed with a churchy fervor that rips through both the exuberant swingers and the aching, mournful slow blues. […]


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