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Blues & Roots
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on 26 May 2017
This mono release is magical. The volume of power as delivered by lower brass from its groves is a rare thing to behold. Makes the costs of second tonearm dedicated to a good mono cartridge almost excusable.
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on 5 April 2018
It's Charles Mingus - not the top of his cataloue but worth a listen and good value
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on 5 May 2016
not the best pressing - cover is very tight on the vinyl, which is never a good thing. classic Mingus though
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on 8 February 2016
One of the all time greats. If like you have never heard him play, now is your chance to buy his sic at a brilliant price
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on 22 August 2016
Bloody brilliant
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on 19 April 2015
deeply moving,thoughtful, powerful and displaying high levels of musicianship and co-opeation. A thoroughly listenalble to album, even for non jazz- lovers. .......though perhaps not for non-jazz lovers.
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on 1 November 2016
very very good, good sound, good music...recommend!!
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on 5 May 2015
ONE OF THE BEST
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 9 March 2015
The great bassist/composer/bandleader Charles Mingus(1922-1979) assembled a potent nine-piece band for this astonishing album recorded on February 4, 1959. With Mingus(bass) were Jackie McLean & John Handy(alto sax); Booker Ervin(tenor sax); Jimmy Knepper & Willie Dennis(trombone); Pepper Adams(baritone sax); Horace Parlan or Mal Waldron(piano) & Dannie Richmond(drums).
The music originates from blues, work songs, field hollers and the church and Mingus creates a unique and explosive sound from this small band. Four alternative takes are added to the original six numbers.
'Blues & Roots' was one of the first Mingus albums I heard in the early 1960s and this uncommonly fiery and passionate music still sounds wonderful over 50 years later.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 26 October 2014
Recorded 1959 with a nine piece band this album features six oroginal tunes, plus four alternate takes. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting is an impressive start to the album. Followed by "Crying Blues", "Moanin'" (not to be confused with Bobby Timmon's tune of the same name from the same vintage), "Tensions"' "My Jelly Roll Soul" and "E's Flat Ah's Flat Too".
Featuring Pepper Adams (baritone), Jackie McLean and John Handy (altos), Jimmy Knepper (tmb) and Dannie Richmond (d). The pianist is Horace Parlan, except on "E's Flat.." Where Mal Waldron takes the chair.
Driving euphoric exciting emotional music throughout (It's a pity that we don't hear this passion from modern musicians, especially in Britain).
Absolutely engaging music throughout.
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