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Tijuana Moods

25 Feb. 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 25 Feb. 2013
  • Release Date: 25 Feb. 2013
  • Label: Marmot Music
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Marmot Music
  • Total Length: 35:55
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  • ASIN: B00BM8TPU0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,514 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nikica Gilic on 6 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I'm writing about the 2 cd edition (and god knows where else will amazon put my comments)...
Is this the best Mingus album? I can understand those who would say so, although I'm not that sure. Also, it's (still) not my favorite Mingus... But it's MAGNIFICENT, no doubt about it.
As usual, orchestra with only three horns sounds almost like a full fledged big band, with richness of textures and sounds only Mingus can orchestrate...
Naturally, having Dannie Richmond on drums helps quite a bit and he did add occasional vocal by himself or Ysabel Morel, and the castanets of Frankie Dunlop (not very common in jazz masterpieces, no doubt about that)....
Mingus fans know everything about the magnificent Jimmy Knepper (the trombone that shakes you to the bone), Shafi Hadi is also excellent on saxes, but fiercly passionate Clarence Shaw IS the true revellation of this album...

CD 2 with various alternate takes (if you have that edition) is of some interest, but it is not really necessary - CD 1 is brilliant enough. So, if you dwell on spending little less money on a cheaper edition, without extra tracks on CD 2, I recommend you go with it. You don't need anything extra with such richness of music.
His royal Mingusness has done it again...

And, yes, this has Mexican ellements, but it's no world music, pop music, mexican music or anything else but pure jazz, bursting with emotion, various influences and originality at the same time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ab Demille on 20 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a very strong and powerful album, Mingus intended it to be a musical description of his turbulent stay in Mexico and it succeeds grandly in evoking the atmosphere. Here Mingus employs trombone, trumpet and alto sax along with the rhythm section. It's a very effective blend with the trombone rumbling along with the bass; drums and piano pushing everything along; and trumpet and alto floating though it all.

Dizzy Moods is meant to represent the drive to Mexico and all its expectations. Being a variation on Dizzy Gillespie's Woody n You it is good preparation for the wildness to follow with its mixture of the familiar and unfamiliar; blues with a twist. Ysabel's Table Dance is a tour de force, the spagetti western meets modern jazz, each instrument has its own distinctive story to tell. Tijuana gift shop serves as a nice interlude before the albums other stone classic, Los Mariachis (the street musicians). Again this is not merely a set of themes and solos, but a story being told with incredible depth and richness. A sweet n sour rendition of Flamingo closes out the original set.

When this album was eventually released in 1962, five years after it had been recorded, Mingus said it was the best record he ever made. I'm very tempted to agree. As for the extra tracks: A Colloquial Dream is interesting but nonessential. The second disc, which is what the album sounded like before edits is a facinating listen, though I think Mingus got the cuts right first time around.

This record is recommended to anyone with a passing interest in Mingus' world, if you've heard Mingus Ah Um and want something more raucous this should be your next stop.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By divadnomolos on 5 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
It's often the case that a cd title will oversell it's content.But "Tijuana Moods + bonus tracks" undersells this one spectacularly.What you get here is,squeezed onto one cd,the "Tijuana Moods" lp as it was issued originally(recorded summer 1957 but not issued till 1962)plus the complete "Modern Jazz Symposium of Music and Poetry",a lesser known album recorded a few months after "Moods" with New York rather than Tijuana as the connecting theme.A common thread in the two albums is the presence of the forgotten but brilliant trumpeter Clarence Shaw who, along with regulars at the time Hadi,Knepper and Richmond, made some of the most beautiful and exciting music to come out of that period,way ahead of it's time.This set serves as a perfect introduction to Mingus during the period before the more generally celebrated "Ah-Um" that was recorded two years later.(And if you like Clarence Shaw,then get "East Coasting" which was recorded in between "Moods" and "Symposium" and has the great Bill Evans on piano.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
To drown his sorrows after his marriage with Celia broke up, Charles Mingus and his drummer Dannie Richmond went on a road trip to Mexico. This inspired the wonderful album 'Tijuana Moods' which was recorded in 1957 but, inexplicably, not released until 1962. The passionate and atmospheric music paints a vivid aural picture of Mingus's trip with tremendous performances from the obscure trumpeter Clarence Shaw, altoist Shafi Hadi, pianist Bill Triglia and trombonist Jimmy Knepper.
Highlight is undoubtedly the lengthy and frenetic 'Ysabel's Table Dance' which features dramatic castanets from flamenco dancer, Ysabel Morel.
This edition of 'Tijuana Moods' includes the original album plus a CD of alternative takes and is an essential part of any Mingus collection.
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Mar. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This Charles Mingus album, recorded in 1957 although not released until 1962, was inspired by the man’s visit to the titular Mexican town and the music is redolent of 'latin influence’ both in name and sound. Of course, Mingus was one of the most expansive and progressive composers ever in jazz and here the man’s development process towards extensive, almost classical, ensemble pieces is in evidence particularly on the extended numbers, Ysabel’s Table Dance and Los Mariachis, in effect tracing a path between the previous year’s ground-breaking ‘orchestral piece’, Pithecanthropus Erectus, and the later (and, arguably, Mingus’ career highpoint) 11-piece, seamless single composition that was The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady.

In fact, (newly turned) drummer Dannie Richmond was the only member of Tijuana Moods’ sextet that Mingus would take forward to Black Saint, but the sextet’s playing here (at times) seems to simulate a much larger ensemble with its improvisational, almost organic, playing. Mingus particularly championed trumpeter Clarence Eugene Shaw’s playing here and it is particularly sublime on the only non-Mingus composition, the Ellington-staple (sounding rather 'Blue In Green-like’) Flamingo. Indeed, Shaw excels again on opener Dizzy Moods and again, in ensemble mode with Shafi Hadi’s tenor sax and Jimmy Knepper’s trombone on the perfectly formed Tijuana Gift Shop. But, it is really on the two aforementioned extended numbers where Mingus’ group push the boundaries of rhythm and group dynamics – it is also possible to detect hints of Gil Evans-like arrangement here (who was to arrange Miles Ahead in the same year).

The 2010 expanded 2-CD release also contains numerous alternative takes of the album’s five tunes, plus the added 11-minute Mingus composition, A Colloquial Dream, a highly inspirational theatrical piece ‘narrated’ by Lonnie Elder (which namedrops Monk, Bird and Miles).
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