Joni Mitchell Photo Henry Diltz

Joni Mitchell Standing in a Desert

 Joni Mitchell Standing in a Desert 1978 Corbis

Photo Henry Diltz 

Joni Mitchell Album Mingus – The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines 1979

Joni Mitchell Album Mingus – 1979

Charles Mingus – Boogie Stop Shuffle 1959

Charles Mingus Jr. (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979)

Mercurial bassist and bandleader Charles Mingus was signed to Columbia Records for the briefest of time during 1959. His Columbia recordings, however, remain some of the most inspired, mood-jumping jazz in history. The flowing sadness of “Goodbye Porkpie Hat” (unedited here for the first time on CD!) rings like a funeral chorus that pitches headlong into a celebration of Lester Young’s life and improvising flexibility, rather than his death. And there’s the funky furnace blast of “Boogie Stop Shuffle” (also unedited!), which reaches its glory with Booker Ervin’s Texas tenor sax, wrapped tight in bluesy tone. With the index of emotions captured, these songs nail why Mingus is possibly the most relevant jazzer for the 1990s generation. He swings and shouts and hollers and somersaults. His tunes either induce foot-stomping with their intensity or reach for poignant yearning with their lyrical tapestry of orchestral colors. –Andrew Bartlett

Charles Mingus Jr. (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979)

Charles Mingus – Boogie Stop Shuffle

LP – Mingus Ah Um – 1959