Tijuana Moods [Bonus Disc]

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Inspired by a trip to Tijuana, Tijuana Moods was recorded in 1957 but was sat on by RCA until its release in 1962. Bassist/composer Charles Mingus at the time said that this was his greatest recording, and it certainly ranks near the top. The original version (which was usually edited together from a few different takes) consisted of just five performances. In the '80s, it doubled in size with the release of two versions of each of the songs. In 2001, it reappeared as a double CD with 22 performances and also as a 12-track edition from RCA Victor. It has often been said that Mingus forced and pressured his sidemen to play above their potential, and that is certainly true of...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Inspired by a trip to Tijuana, Tijuana Moods was recorded in 1957 but was sat on by RCA until its release in 1962. Bassist/composer Charles Mingus at the time said that this was his greatest recording, and it certainly ranks near the top. The original version (which was usually edited together from a few different takes) consisted of just five performances. In the '80s, it doubled in size with the release of two versions of each of the songs. In 2001, it reappeared as a double CD with 22 performances and also as a 12-track edition from RCA Victor. It has often been said that Mingus forced and pressured his sidemen to play above their potential, and that is certainly true of this project. Altoist Shafi Hadi (who doubles on tenor) is in blazing form on "Ysabel's Table Dance," while trumpeter Clarence Shaw (who was praised by Mingus for his short lyrical solo on "Flamingo") sounds quite haunting on "Los Mariachis." Trombonist Jimmy Knepper and drummer Dannie Richmond made other great recordings, but they are in particularly superior form throughout this session, as is the obscure pianist Bill Triglia. Completing the band is Ysabel Morel on vocals and Frankie Dunlop on castanets. While "Dizzy's Moods" is based on "Woody'N You," and "Flamingo" is given a fresh treatment, the other three songs are quite original, with "Tijuana Gift Shop" having a catchy, dissonant riff that sticks in one's mind. The passionate playing, exciting ensembles, and high-quality compositions make this a real gem. This stirring music belongs in every jazz collection, for it does represent one of Charles Mingus' finest hours. [The LP was re-released with bonus tracks in 2001.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/18/2006
  • Label: Rca Victor Europe
  • UPC: 743217499921
  • Catalog Number: 174999

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dizzy's Moods (5:53)
  2. 2 Ysabel's Table Dance (10:28)
  3. 3 Tijuana Gift Shop (3:49)
  4. 4 Los Mariachis (10:22)
  5. 5 Flamingo (5:36)
  6. 6 A Colloquial Dream (10:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dizzy's Moods (8:24)
  2. 2 Ysabel's Table Dance (13:03)
  3. 3 Tijuana Gift Shop (4:44)
  4. 4 Los Mariachis (12:28)
  5. 5 Flamingo (6:45)
  6. 6 A Colloquial Dream (3:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Mingus Primary Artist, Bass, Leader
Jimmy Knepper Trombone
Frankie Dunlop Percussion
Lonnie Elder Voices, Narrator
Ysabel Morel Castanets
Clarence Gene Shaw Trumpet
Bill Triglia Piano
Technical Credits
Charles Mingus Author
Ed Michel Liner Notes
Bob Rolontz Producer
Bob Simpson Engineer
Laurent Goddet Liner Notes
Daniel Baumgarten Author, Reissue Producer
Alex Dutilh Author
Michel Baulot Cover Art
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