|1. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting|
|2. Cryin' Blues|
|5. My Jelly Roll Soul|
|6. E's Flat Ah's Flat Too|
|7. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting|
|9. My Jelly Roll Soul|
|10. E's Flat Ah's Flat Too|
This album was released several months after Mingus' blistering "Mingus Ah Um" although it was actually recorded before it. For anyone who already owns a copy of Ah Um, two of the tunes will be very familiar, namely "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting" and "My Jelly Roll Soul" as they turned up in reworked form as "Better Git It In Your Soul" and "Jelly Roll" respectively. Despite this "Blues & Roots" is still a worthy purchase (even just for "Moanin' which, with its catchy theme stated on baritone saxophone, is, to my mind the star track on this disc). "Tensions" is another fine track - just listen to the way the solo bass reacts against the chords of the piano. "E's Flat, Ah's Flat Too" is another tune with a baritone line that you'll be humming for some time afterwards. There's some fine soloing from all three sax players: Booker Ervin (tenor), Shafi Hadi (aka Curtis Porter)(alto) and Pepper Adams (baritone). This is an intense and firery record which will probably take up a semi-permanent residence in your cd-player!... Read more ›
It features a small/medium band, partly arranged to give a very (as the title suggests) bluesy, rootsy and gospel influenced feel.
This album is most certainly not a polished studio effort, it is noisy, rough and absolutely full of talent, life and laughter.
It's a brilliant album, not dinner jazz, but jazz that blows stuffy politeness out of the water, I love it!
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