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Weary Blues

4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Weary Blues is, above all, sexy--Harlem jazz meets the Southern blues of Bessie Smith and smoky rooms, speakeasies, and pleasantly dirty thoughts. Langston Hughes is not only one of the century's finest American poets; he was the voice of black America in a time when opportunity was limited but hunger and drive were boundless. It is from his poem "Dream Montage" (included in this collection) that the superb Lorraine Hansberry play chose its title: "What happens to a dream deferred? / Does it dry up, like a raisin in the sun?" In his throaty, mellifluous voice, Hughes reads his words of black beauty, freedom, desire, and celebration even in times of hardship and abuse. Leonard Feather sets the first half of the disc to traditional blues and gospel bar patterns. On the remaining poems, Charles Mingus and band organically improvise a big, jazzy sound that punctuates Hughes's words. --Paige La Grone

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Blues Montage/Opening Blues/Blues Montage/Commercial Theater/Morning After/Could Be/Testament/Consider Me/The Stranger/Midnight Stroll/Backstage/Dream Montage/Weird Nightmare/Double G Train/Jump Monk - Leonard Feather
  2. Opening Blues
  3. Blues Montage
  4. Commercial Theater
  5. Morning After
  6. Could Be
  7. Testament
  8. Consider Me
  9. The Stranger
  10. Midnight Stroll
  11. Backstage
  12. Dream Montage
  13. Weired Nightmare
  14. Double G Train
  15. Jump Monk


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000047A8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is one of those rare recordings with a wonderful blend of poetry and jazz. There are so few examples of this blend represented in jazz recording history, although I am sure it has been more prevalent in performance. I looked for this for a long time on LP after hearing it on WPFW and never saw it until it came out on CD and I called up the DJ for the info. This is one you should definitely buy as it is bound to go out of print again... also look into the James Baldwin, which may also currently be out of print on CD temporarily as I have had people ask me for it.
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The lack of proper tracking on this CD is the one big damper on an otherwise archival album, and a legitimate gripe. The tracks listed are neither consistent with the music nor the poems, since there are obviously more than 15 of either - it looks like a half-baked job that someone started and then just gave up on. Therefore, it seems just as valid for customers who've bought this CD to rip the single track and cut it up using their own methods (owners of music, just as with software, are legally allowed to make one copy for backup purposes). I've chosen to go with the poems, since that's probably how most people mentally divide up the album when listening to it. I used Freerip and CD Wave for the ripping and tracking, respectively.

Times indicate track marker positions in the original, large track, not the length of each track.
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It's just one big track and on the back of the packaging, it clearly lists multiple tracks.

The audio quality is not bad, as expected, but come on. Everytime I want to listen to any part of it, it's back to the beginning! Luckily, I just got the cd after losing my original 7 years ago and so it's all pretty exciting.

However, I have a feeling like this is going to get more and more annoying as time goes on.

No need to really review the album's artistic merit. If you're interested in it, you've already got a good idea of what you're getting in for.
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Sure woulda liked it if the CD was split up into tracks, instead of one long track. Sure is annoying to have to listen to the whole thing in one sitting or not at all. Also, Leonard Feather has always been a bit square- and he does half the music. The MINGUS half is MINGalicious! Otherwise- please refer to the other more helpful reviewers re:actual content of CD.
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