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Mingus

24 April 2007 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 24 April 2007
  • Release Date: 24 April 2007
  • Label: Rhino/Elektra
  • Copyright: 1979 Asylum Records, a label of Elektra Entertainment Group, a Warner Music Group company
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  • Total Length: 37:22
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  • ASIN: B001FADEZM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,103 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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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
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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 Steve Keen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Patrik Lemberg on 27 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a must have album for any jazz fans. Hard not to like it.
It contains four songs, written by late legendary composer/bassist/bandleader Charles Mingus, to which Joni has
written lyrics (she even sings the melody -with lyrics- to the original sax solo from '59 on "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat"...hi-lite).
There are also two songs written entirely by Joni Mitchell which makes 6 songs on the album (most of the 5 "raps" are only a few seconds each)
- so the album is a bit short, but that's its only weakness.
Very nice bass work (as so often) by Mr. Jaco Pastorius, who also made a very nice Pastorius-ish horn arrangement on the up tempo jazz-blues "The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines". Other musicians are Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Peter Erskine, Don Alias & Emil Richards Wolves... can't go wrong with such quality musicians.
Worth the monery!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Shingleton on 2 May 2013
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I respect both Joni Mitchell and Charles Mingus a great deal, but Mitchell has attempted a tribute to Mingus with his music and discussions. I was interested in listening one time, but I passed it on to a friend after attempting to listen to it the second time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pixz on 9 Jun. 2012
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A real gem of an album, Some tracks wonderfully interspersed with conversations with Mingus. Jaco Pastorius's creative bass playing is much in evidence and a joy to hear. Some of the tracks have the influence of the earlier Don Juan's Reckless Daughter, but all tracks are unique. I'm not a fan of blaring Brass line-ups but it's use in Dry Cleaner works perfectly. A mixture of tempo's, possibly not an album to relax to, but a pure delight to listen to. When it ended I just wanted more.
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