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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Candid
  • ASIN: B000001V05
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1. MDM (Pt.1)
2. MDM (Pt.2)
3. Stormy Weather
4. Lock 'Em Up

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American jazz classic album by the great jazz icon, Charles Mingus. This three track collector's item includes "MDM" (Monk Duke & Me) which consumes the majority of this album. It consists of three intertwining themes - Duke Ellington's Main Stem, Thelonious Monk's Straight, No Chaser, and Mingus' Fifty First Stree Blues. The following two tracks are Stormy Weather and Mingus' Lock 'Em Up (Hellview of Bellevue). The personnel on this album is Mingus' Jazz Workshop, consisting Ted Curson and Lonnie Hillyer on trumpets, Jimmy Knepper and Britt Woodman on trombones, Eric Dolphy (on alto sax and bass clarinet) Charles McPherson on alto sax, Booker Ervin on tenor, Nico Bunick and Paul Bley on piano and drummer Dannie Richmond. The Mingus-Richmond team is one of the most inflammable cohesive rhythm section performances in jazz record history.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Dec. 2012
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The collective personnel for this album recorded in New York City on October 20 & November 11, 1960 is: Charles Mingus(bass); Eric Dolphy(alto sax, bass clarinet); Booker Ervin(tenor sax); Charles McPherson(alto sax); Ted Curson, Lonnie Hillyer(trumpets); Jimmy Knepper, Britt Woodman(trombones); Nico Bunick or Paul Bley(piano); Dannie Richmond(drums).
The opening track 'MDM(Monk, Duke & Mingus) is a stirring 20-minute piece with superb solos from most of the tentet propelled by the Mingus-Richmond team. 'Stormy Weather' features Mingus, Dolphy, Curson and Richmond and was recorded at the same session that produced the classic CANDID album 'Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus'. Eric Dolphy plays some impassioned and moving alto sax. 'Lock 'Em Up' is an intense and frenetic piece inspired by Mingus's brief confinement at Bellevue mental hospital.
All in all, this CD is a fine example of Mingus's 1960 CANDID recordings which deserve to be more widely known.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Breeze on 30 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
Mingus and Dolphy on Stormy Weather is one of the great moments. All the Candid music is terrific. Mingus could create a fierce big band sound with a limited group and does on MDM and Lock em up with 6 additional players to his working quartet.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Buyers of the CD format beware!!! 23 April 2008
By rayqbn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although I highly recommend this album as an upbeat and fun album, one of my fave of Mingus's early 60's works, the CD has an issue. The last few seconds of Lock 'Em Up are cut off on my copy! I've had the LP prior to the CD and was let down to find this to be true. I'd recommend that you try the iTunes download instead, as iTunes has the track clocking in at 6:40, compared to this CD's 6:35!!! The iTunes version is not compromised. I am not sure of the download version here, as I have not tried it.

This is a five star album, as MDM is well worth the price of admission, but this CD version gets one star from me, due to the glitch at the end of Lock 'Em Up!

And, as Mingus himself says in the album's intro, "That's what you're supposed to do, tell 'em what's happenin'!"
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Wow ! Can't believe i am the first reviewer! 26 Nov. 2006
By Speedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Great 1960 record by the 'almost' same band that gave us 'Charles Mingus presents Charles Mingus' which is my prefered Mingus album. In this version he adds 5 other cats including Paul Bley (!) and Jimmy Knepper to give us a very good performance of 3 cuts ('MDM', 'Stormy Weather' & ' Lock 'em up'). Needles to say this is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is the original Tijuana Moods album 24 April 2012
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
The track list and times are identical to the original Tijuana Moods, right down to the "Charlie" Mingus on the cover (Mingus hated that name, insisting on being called "Charles", but this 1962 album was issued under Charlie.)

As for the music, I am not going to dissect it since the track listing will provide samples (and most of the tracks can be found in their entirety with a simple web search.) I will agree with Mingus' assessment that this was one of his best works (he claimed THE best, but I have others that I prefer more, including Oh Yeah (US Release) and, of course, Blues & Roots (Dlx).)

This album was actually recorded in 1957, but was not released until 1962. Personnel include: Charles Mingus (bass, vocals), Clarence Shaw (trumpet), Jimmy Knepper (trombone), Shafi Hadi (alto and tenor saxophones), Bill Triglia (piano), Dannie Richmond (drums with Frankie Dunlop on other percussion), Ysabel Morel (castanets, vocals) and Lonnie Elder (voices). A quick note about Frankie Dunlop - he is one of my drumming inspirations who was my favorite drummer in Monk's 1960s line-ups.

To avoid the confusion of this album versus the other Tijuana Moods albums, here is the breakdown. The 1986 edition is Tijuana Moods, which contains an additional track titled "A Colloquial Dream". In 2000 a 2-CD set came out with the additional track and a number of alternate tracks: Tijuana Moods.

The purist in me prefers this album to the others because it does reflect the original, but I own this and the 1986 issue (which, I must admit, I prefer more). If you are a Charles Mingus fan this is an important album, if for no other reason than the fact that he considered it among his best work.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Wild soloing and rhythmic experimentation; not much melody 3 Dec. 2010
By Dave Deubler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The sound of this recording is rather primitive and the rhythm section (especially the drums) tends to get lost in the mix, but that isn't the only problem I have with this live set from bassist/composer Charles Mingus. "MDM" is fast-paced but somewhat choppy, with little by way of melody. The solos are the real focus, attempting to mimic the talkiness of the human voice, and taking the listener on quite a ride in the process. I'm not sure this one needed to be so long, however - the 20 minute runtime seems excessive. "Vassarlean" is a slower, more contemplative piece, with the horns weaving lines around each other. "Stormy Weather" features some long, unaccompanied solos that didn't do much for me; I really missed the rhythm section. "Lock `Em Up" has a totally crazed melody, the horns screeching frenetically for short bursts before letting the soloists loose - a reminder of how innovative and willing to take risks Mingus always was. But not every experiment is a success, and despite the power of the soloing, I don't feel the material quite measures up. For jazz aficionados only.
Charles Mingus - Mingus (1960) 28 Dec. 2011
By DJ Baltimore Boogie Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This recording was the item that sparked my interest in Big Band Jazz, because of its abundance of exciting extended solos. "Monk, Duke & Me" is one of my all-time favorite Jazz recordings, and I also became an instant fan of the interesting trumpeter Lonnie Hillyer - in spite of the capable presence of Ted Curson here.
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