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When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century. Uncompromising and iconoclastic, Mitchell confounded expectations at every turn; restlessly innovative, her music evolved from deeply personal folk stylings into pop, jazz, avant-garde, and even world music, presaging the multicultural experimentation of the ... Read more in Amazon's Joni Mitchell Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1979)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B000002GWV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1979 challenging but rewarding Jazz influenced tribute to the master Charles Mingus.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By J. Sprackland on 21 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album was the culmination of a jazz journey than Joni Mitchell began in earnest on 'The Hissing of Summer Lawns'. It is curious that Mitchell is still most associated with innocent, folksy, acoustic singer-songwriter style of Both Sides Now, Woodstock and Big Yellow Taxi; the run of albums that began with 'Hissing' through 'Hejira' and 'Don Juan's Reckless Daughter' to 'Mingus' (with the summary coda of the equally excellent live recording, 'Shadows & Light') represent her most innovative and distinctive artistic period.
'Mingus' received a mixed reception on its release and some of the harsher criticism was obviously taken to heart by Mitchell who retreated to safer territory with the rockier and stodgier 'Wild Things Run Fast' and two more disappointing releases ('Dog Eat Dog' & 'Chalk Mark In A Rainstorm'). It was nearly ten years on from 'Mingus' before Mitchell again made a record that was true to her soul, 'Night Ride Home'.
'Mingus' deserved a better reception; regardless of the respective legacies of Charles Mingus and Joni Mitchell, it is a collection seriously beautiful music, as rich in composition, lyricism and musicianship as you should expect from the team of artists gathered together here.
If 'Mingus' had been received as the masterpiece that it is, Mitchell would have continued along a creative path that she had only just begun to explore and would still be running now. For this reason, 'Mingus' can be justly be described as the high point of Mitchell's outstanding career.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This was an interesting departure for Joni Mitchell. She had long since moved away from her folky roots towards blues and jazz rock but it was incredibly brave to take the music of Charles Mingus and add her own lyrics and interpretation.
The result is, however, superb with the opportunity for her to take her voice to its limits in great swooping sounds, peaks and troughs of extreme vocals. As always she has chosen some of the best musicians to accompany her.
This is the Joni Mitchell album for Jazz lovers and the Jazz album for Joni Mitchell fans.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By therealus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Aug. 2006
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This is beyond doubt one of my favourite records of all time.

Initially badly received by Mitchell fans still expecting folk-chick songs - I came by my original copy through a donation from one such - it is now acknowledged as worthy of its maker and its eponymous subject by Mitchell fans and many jazz/fusion fans alike.

The music is superb, the lyrics sublime, and Mitchell's voice on its customary ethereal plane. Musicianship, as you would expect from a stellar cast including Pastorius, Shorter and Hancock, is incredible. In fact, the whole thing is so good the superlatives run out.

There are some who believe the interjected recordings of Mingus talking detract from the music, but for me they complete the story.

The stand out track for me is the atmospheric The Wolf That Lives In Lindsey, with its backing track of howling wolves. Play it on a hot summer night to cool you down. It never fails to evoke snow and cold. And instead of a plectrum it sounds like Mitchell could only find a hammer to hit the guitar strings in an all-out frontal attack.

The incredible thing is that somewhere in the vaults there are tapes of outtakes by the people who mentored Mitchell in the album's sound, including Tony Williams, John McLaughlin and Jan Hammer. Please, Asylum, release them now! How many copies do I have to promise to buy to persuade you? Take a leaf out of Sony Legacy's book and do what they've done with the Miles Davis back catalogue.
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By D J F on 6 May 2015
Format: Audio CD
This 1979 album saw the full development of Joni Mitchell's jazz experiments. Approached by jazz great Charley Mingus unexpectedly Joni was offered four original instrumentals to weave her lyrical magic onto and also picked "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" from the Mingus back catalogue. This was Mingus' last hurrah, he saw something in Joni which had her paddling in uncharted waters and stretching for something different. All five tracks are contained here, plus "God Must Be A Boogieman" completed by Mitchell alone after Mingus' death and the only track he didn't get to hear. The six tracks are padded out with five 'rap' tracks, in effect verité speech recordings featuring Mingus himself. But the quality of the six tracks stands out. In the liner notes Mitchell acknowledges this was a tough project, recording each song in four different sessions with jazz greats such as Tony Williams which didn't make the final album. But versions including two of Williams' old bandmates Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter do. And together with the superb fretless bass of Jaco Pastorious which is a major feature of this album they add depth to this work which rewards deeper listening. Mitchell's guitar work is exemplary throughout, notably on "The Wolf That Lives In Lindsey". Particular favourite is "The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines", the only truly upbeat track in an album of great depth. This probably isn't the place to start if you are getting into Joni's music, it's a work that requires a few listens to 'get it'. Since I've began to understand more about jazz I appreciate this album even more. An experiment that works.
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