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5.0 out of 5 stars 2 CD version of Tijuana Moods, 6 Sep 2010
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!, 20 July 2006
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Ab Demille "bass player" (suffolk) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 classic albums for one (but they've kept it secret!), 5 Nov 2010
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable aural picture of Mingus's Mexican trip., 7 April 2011
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Jazzrook (Purbrook , Hampshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tijuana Moods (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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CM, 13 Nov 2010
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This is Mingus in a celebratory mode after an indulgent holiday so it doesn't feature any dark stuff. Clarence Shaw is on this one and he's a little known trumpet player. I don't know what happened to him but he's a special player.This is one of Mingus' best things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative album of a trip to Mexico by CHARLES Mingus!, 22 May 2014
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I have the original CD release (1996; Bluebird) that contains the material on CD1 of this double CD release. I have many (not all) of Mingus' albums and this is one of the top five (but all have considerable individual merit).
This was recorded relatively early in his career and is one of the earliest to include Dannie Richmond (d) who must be on virtually every subsequent album. There are several musicians who are associated with Mingus e.g. Jimmy Knepper (tmb), Shafi Hadi (alto). It also features the brilliant, enigmatic Clarence (a.k.a. Gene) Shaw (tpt) who "vanished" having had a fight (literally) with Mingus. (He resurfaced briefly a few years later and recorded a couple of albums before vanishing again).

This album features five "tuneable" instruments plus drums, percussion and castanets!

The music followed a brief holiday by Mingus and Richmond in Mexico. Recorded in 1957, it wasn't released until 1962.

Needless to say the whole album is "Latinised", but is typical Mingus in tone, tune, vigour and harmony. It is violent at times and utterly serene at others. It paints a wonderful picture in sound, evoking feelings, colours, even flavours of a visit to some seedier districts of Tijuana.

Describing the five tunes in detail would serve little purpose. Each is a sound-scape. Every one of the main six musicians features and makes unique and valuable contributions. It would be invidious to single any one out, except that this is one of very few recordings featuring Clarence Shaw...or Shafi Hadi for that matter.

P.S. Mingus couldn't abide being called Charlie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mingus jazz, 25 Nov 2013
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2 CD's worth of the best of Charles Mingus. This is Latin Jazz of the highest quality. The essence of the album is in the master-takes, but the alternates are all worth hearing, and add to the appeal of the album. What's to complain about with an extra hour of music when it's this good. Most of the alternate tracks are of decent length. No notes included; the only bad point for the whole album, but you can find notes on Mingus and on the music on the internet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable aural picture of Mingus's Mexican trip., 5 April 2011
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Jazzrook (Purbrook , Hampshire) - See all my reviews
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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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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arrived before due date, 17 Mar 2013
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I am a fan of Jazz and enjoyed this music, I will reccomend this CD to my friends who have similar tastes
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