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Digitally remastered 50th Anniversary edition of one of Mingus' finest albums featuring one bonus track: 'A Colloquial Dream (Scenes In The City)'. Tijuana Moods is a boisterous, swinging suite of songs that meld Bebop with the tequila haze of nightclubs, a flamenco striptease, serenading mariachis and the glare of the Mexican sun in the hedonist milieu of the border town.

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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 1957
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000P46Q18
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mingus himself has referred to this particular album as the best he's ever recorded.
Andre S. Grindle
Like all complex and evolved Jazz recordings, this one is accessible, yet it takes a listener a long time to catch up with the artists.
Andrew Cook
When Mingus gets that swing going, the mood is sublime and exhilerating, what a ride!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Two discs 79,77, minutes each approximately. The remastered sound (presumably from the stellar 2001 remastered edition) is very good. The instruments have great tones from the lowest bass notes to the swish of the cymbals. There's also a spacious quality to the sound-very open and fairly warm. The discs are snapped inside a fold-out jewel case. The booklet lists song titles composer (s), times, dates, and who is playing on each track. The back of the booklet is a reproduction of the original vinyl release. Other than that, there are no other notes whatsoever-a shame for an artist and music of this stature. The flip-side is that this is a relatively inexpensive European release of the 2001 First Edition release from BMG. Beware of the same title which has only one disc, and sells for lot less. All issued takes from 1962 and 1986 are present on this release, except in some cases of very bad editing in which the rhythm of the actual song is compromised.

This album, which Charles Mingus considered his best work, has now, once again, been re-released with the unedited versions of the originally released tracks. This allows you to hear this great band stretch out and really blow. The original had some fairly bad edits in the music, and wasn't really very satisfying. While some people may quibble that some of these tracks go on to long (which I understand), to be able to hear this music as it was originally recorded by Mingus, precludes any arguments of length.

This was Mingus' first album for a major label and the first album he recorded in stereo. The band consisted of Mingus-bass, Clarence Shaw-trumpet, Jimmy Knepper-trombone, Shafi Hadi-tenor sax, Bill Triglia-piano, and Dannie Richmond-drums. Occasional vocals were handled by Ysabel Morel and Mingus.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Cooper on February 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
"Tijuana Moods" is one of Charles Mingus' favorites. Adding to the mystique, and for whatever reason, I've seen copies of this CD for sale new, unimported, as exorbitant prices. Amazon was reasonable, so I bought it before they raised it back higher. What do you get? Two CD's, one is the original LP. The other has uncut versions. The script is flipped with "A Colloquial Dream", which didn't come out with the original LP. The long version is on CD1, the short on CD2. The music starts with "Dizzy Moods", a swinging song which simply sounds like typical Mingus. If you like Mingus, you'll like "Dizzy Moods". "Ysabel's Table Dance" starts the Mexican portion of the album. There's a somewhat stereotypical castanet rhythm driving the song. The song sounds like turbulent, excited Mingus. There's vocalizing, presumably by Charles, off mic as the band churns through the fast sections. "Tijuana Gift Shop" has a fleeter melody, though like all of the songs the tempo slows and surges. "Los Mariachis" has horns parts that push and pull against each other in typical Mingusian fashion. "Flamingo", written by Anderson & Grouya, isn't as good as the Mingus compositions. "A Colloquial Dream" is another Mingus attempt at marrying verse and music. I haven't found one that really clicks yet. To summarize, it's a very good Mingus CD with a Mexican veneer. I say "veneer" because it sounds like a short impression of Mexico, like a visit to Tijuana. I'm sure if the band lived in Mexico for a year and spent a year learning and playing Mexican music, the Mexicanization would sound more convincing. Its lack of world music bona fides isn't a big knock on the very good CD. Better than "Mingus Ah Um"? No, but much better than "The Clown", which also came out in 1957.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ramin D. on March 7, 2012
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It has been well-documented that Charles Mingus was a complex, passionate, and volatile fella. It was not always easy working alongside him, but then again his masterful touch as an arranger and leader could inspire his sidemen to rise beyond their usual capabilities to jointly create some of the most dazzlingly sublime jazz ever recorded. Another aspect of Charlie's genius was that most of the time he effectively harnessed his temperamental nature to infuse his music with true soul and honesty, much like Bud Powell and Miles Davis, two of my other favorite jazz giants, did. Tijuana Moods is a classic example of a Mingus record that, warts and all, achieves all of the above elements in one tight package, perhaps stepping even further out of the usual bebop realm most listeners associate him with. Thank goodness the man left us with so many 5-star seminal masterpieces. Perhaps the reason I chose to review Tijuana Moods over some of the others is that I get the feeling it is one of the most often overlooked and under-appreciated of his releases. I just love this spicy concoction!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jazz lover since 1960 on November 6, 2009
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I write this review only to counter the previous reviewer who gave it a 2 star review. I am a Mingus devotee, but don't take my word for it. Most jazz critics, fans and Mingus fans agree this is one of the great jazz recordings. Even Mingus considered it one of his greatest efforts. If you don't have it, get it, and experience the excitement of Mingus' recreation of his trip to Tijuana. The alternate takes only add to the pleasure, and the exhaustive notes help you appreciate the background of this recording.
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