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Blues & Roots (1959)

Artist: Charles Mingus
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Format: CD
Sku: 60076354
UPC: 075678133626
UPC 14: 00075678133626
Release Date: 3/10/1992
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting ~ Charles Mingus
2. Cryin' Blues ~ Charles Mingus
3. Moanin' ~ Charles Mingus
4. Tensions ~ Charles Mingus
5. My Jelly Roll Soul ~ Charles Mingus
6. E's Flat, Ah's Flat Too ~ Charles Mingus

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote The 1998 reissue of BLUES & ROOTS contains all the original tracks and liner notes, plus additional tracks and rare photos.
Muze PNote Personnel: Charles Mingus (bass); Jackie McLean, John Handy (alto saxophone); Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Jimmy Knepper, Willie Dennis (trombone); Horace Parlan, Mal Waldron (piano); Dannie Richmond (drums).
Muze PNote Recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York, New York on February 4, 1959. Originally released on Atlantic (1305). Includes liner notes by Charles Mingus.
Muze PNote All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Muze PNote Personnel: Jackie McLean, John Handy (alto saxophone); Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Jimmy Knepper, Willie Dennis (trombone); Horace Parlan, Mal Waldron (piano); Dannie Richmond (drums).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Charles Mingus.
Muze PNote Recording information: Atlantic Studios, New York, NY (02/04/1959).
Muze PNote Photographer: Lee Friedlander.
Muze PNote Mingus goes to church. A thrilling album of blues and spirituals Mingus style. This 1959 Atlantic recording certainly ranks among his very best. Memorable performances of some of the bassist's most soulful tunes such as "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting" and "E's Flat Ah's Flat Too." Mingus is joined by an exuberant ensemble including a stellar saxophone section of Jackie McLean, John Handy, Booker Ervin, and Pepper Adams.

Producer: Nesuhi Ertegun

Engineer: Tom Dowd

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Jackie McLean
Muze Guest Artist Booker Ervin
Muze Guest Artist Pepper Adams
Muze Guest Artist Dannie Richmond
Muze Guest Artist Horace Parlan
Muze Guest Artist Mal Waldron

Artist Overview

Baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams was one of the most eminent journeymen of 1950s jazz and beyond. Adams was drawn to his chosen instrument by the sound of the great Duke Ellington sideman Harry Carney and bebop tenor saxophonist Wardell Gray. The heavily emphatic approach of another tenor master, Coleman Hawkins, was also a factor in shaping Adams's style. Moving to New York from Detroit, he contributed to a number of important sessions, including Charles Mingus's seminal BLUES AND ROOTS in 1959. Unlike the cool, contrapuntal approach of fellow baritone player Gerry Mulligan, Adams's pungent sound and robust attack made him an ideally versatile sideman during the hard-bop era. He died from lung cancer in 1986 at the age of 55.

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Associated Artists and Works

Beckett, Harry
Blakey, Art
Introducing Paul Bley ~ Bley, Paul
Booker, Ervin
Brecker, Randy
Coltrane, John
Dolphy, Eric
Money Jungle [Expanded] [Remaster] ~ Ellington Edward Kennedy
Money Jungle [Expanded] [Remaster] ~ Ellington, Duke
Evans, Gil
Jazz at Massey Hall ~ Gillespie, Dizzy
Jazz at Massey Hall [Remastered] ~ Gillespie, Dizzy
Ultimate Doubles ~ Gillespie, Dizzy
Hampton, Lionel
Hughes, Langston
Jazz Workshop All Stars
Jones, Quincy
Metropole Orchestra
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus ~ Minguss
Mitchell, Joni
Newport Rebels
Norvo, Red
Move! ~ Norvo, Red
Jazz at Massey Hall ~ Parker, Charlie (Sax)
Jazz at Massey Hall [Remastered] ~ Parker, Charlie (Sax)
Rava, Enrico
Richmond, Dannie

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/15/1987
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1959
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 7567813362
Music Label Name Label : Atlantic (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075678133626

Professional Reviews

Q (7/93, p.110)
- 4 Stars - Excellent - " his best he could drive his fellow musicians onwards and upwards with big bass playing and hoarse exhortations. BLUES & ROOTS contains six servings of this brilliance..."

Down Beat (1960)
- 4 Stars - Very Good - "...vital and important music...[Mingus] is outstanding in his solo work...this is something worth careful and thorough listening..."

Record Collector (magazine)
- 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] classic 1957 set showcasing Mingus' compositional genius as well as his unerring ability at getting the best from his sidemen."

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