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Tijuana Moods [Import]

Charles MingusAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (September 27, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony UK
  • ASIN: B003LWVDO6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MINGUS SAID THIS IS HIS BEST MUSIC-HE WASN'T WRONG 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Jazz Gem Turns Up the Heat March 7, 2012
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give this one a spin in your CD player 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1986 issue of a great album April 24, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
The original Tijuana Moods is identical to this album with the exception that this one contains an additional track: "A Colloquial Dream". The original album is currently going under this name: Mingus. There is also an expanded album that was issued in 2000, comprised of two CDs and containing a number of alternate takes (ideal for the Mingus completest). This can be found by clicking this link" Tijuana Moods

This album was actually recorded in 1957, but was not released until 1962. Personnel include: Charles Mingus (bass, vocals), Clarence Shaw (trumpet), Jimmy Knepper (trombone), Shafi Hadi (alto and tenor saxophones), Bill Triglia (piano), Dannie Richmond (drums with Frankie Dunlop on other percussion), Ysabel Morel (castanets, vocals) and Lonnie Elder (voices). A quick note about Frankie Dunlop - he is one of my drumming inspirations who was my favorite drummer in Monk's 1960s line-ups.

Others have cited that Mingus considered this to be his best album - I will not argue with Mr. Mingus, and this is one of my favorites, but there are others I love more, with Oh Yeah (US Release) at the top of my personal list. But that is subjective. Regardless of which Mingus album is your favorite, this one is sure to please, and it is easy enough to determine from a quick listen to the sound samples provided on this page. As for versions of the album (the original, this one or the expanded album), that is another personal decision. I like this one the most because it does come with an additional track.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A seminal album
This was wonderful in that it was two full CDs from the Columbia Legacy series - nicely remastered. It's important to get the CD or a good analog recording for the fidelity - then... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrew Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars The only 'Charlie" Mingus CD in existence...
I won't pollute your sensibilities with any prattle about this album. Suffice it to say that if you are into fifties jazz or bop at any level, this set is a no-brainer and will... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Music That Is Sometimes Too Much For Words
Growing up with a father who was a tremendous admirer of Mingus's musical accomplishments,I still found myself mildly intimidated when I first began to listen serious to his music... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Mingus Best?
In 1966 Mingus called this album his best recording. It definately has that unique quality that is Mingus as he takes us on a wild and hip trip through a Mexican border town in the... Read more
Published on August 4, 2010 by William G. Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Alternate Takes Add to This Classic Recording
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. Read more
Published on November 6, 2009 by jazz lover since 1960
2.0 out of 5 stars ALTERNATE TAKE ?
THIS CD WOULD HAVE SERVED MINGUS'S IMAGE AS A GREAT BASS PLAYER IF IT HAD REMAINED IN A VAULT.
Published on October 23, 2009 by James "Count". Dollison
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Real Jazz
When Mingus gets that swing going, the mood is sublime and exhilerating, what a ride! Glad I followed the advice of a previous reviewer, and paid the extra for the two-disc... Read more
Published on January 25, 2008 by Trevor Nash
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