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Charles Mingus – Moanin’

Blues & Roots

Blues & Roots is an album by Charles Mingus, recorded in 1959 and released in 1960. It has been reissued twice as a CD, first by Atlantic Records, and then again by Rhino Entertainment in 1998.

Mingus explained the birth of this record in the album’s liner notes:

“This record is unusual—it presents only one part of my musical world, the blues. A year ago, Nesuhi Ertegün suggested that I record an entire blues album in the style of Haitian Fight Song (in Atlantic LP 1260), because some people, particularly critics, were saying I didn’t swing enough. He wanted to give them a barrage of soul music: churchy, blues, swinging, earthy. I thought it over. I was born swinging and clapped my hands in church as a little boy, but I’ve grown up and I like to do things other than just swing. But blues can do more than just swing. So I agreed.”

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2 thoughts on “Charles Mingus – Moanin’

  1. Thanks great stuff. I’ll be returning to your blog. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (give it a spin!)

    • Many thanks Thom! Congratulations on a great blog – I was looking around and listening to a couple of old favourites (like Bernard Cribbins) yesterday evening and will definitely go back to it.

      All the best,

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