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This review is from: Blues & Roots (Audio CD)
This album has got more energy and exhubrance and is more invigorating than any other music Ive heard. It swings like crazy and the harmonies and scales used give it loads of athmosphere, the athmosphere of late night whiskey fuelled parties in the 1950's. It reaffirms the unrivalled transcendence which can be achieved, though alas too rarely, by a group of REAL musicians in a room playing together.
Moanin is so good that it even manages to remain free from the contamination of association which usually occurs when a peice of music is used in a long-running TV advert (it was in a car advert years ago, apparently because in the world of advertising jazz music has associations of playfull sophistication).
This is one of Mingus's earlier albums, but is perhaps the best showcase of what is great about his music:the energy, technical mastery, and the harmonic creation of mood.