When you get up in the morning, you must have a song - Ray Charles

Monday, May 11, 2009

Joni Mitchell - Mingus

So today brings us something different, but not as much as you might think. I was going to dig out Hejira when it dawned on me that I hadn't listened to this record in years. Shame on me. As tributes go, they don't get much finer than this. Mitchell's love and appreciation shine on this record.
This record has actually been known to cause tears to well up in my eyes. Mitchell was wise enough to hire Pastorius, while not exactly Mingus' successor, he was the coolest bass player to come along in some time, and unfortunately also met his end as a overlooked genius.
After not hearing this record for years, I found it as profound and soul shattering as I left it.
I can't image not carrying this record in my collection until I can no longer transport a couple of crates of records. I can only hope that the sound of this vinyl recording does it justice.
1. Happy Birthday 1975
2. God Must Be A Boogie Man
3. Funeral
4. A Chair In The Sky
5. The Wolf That Lives In Lindsey
6. I's A Muggin'
7. Sweet Sucker Dance
8. Coin In the Pocket
9. The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines
10. Lucky
11. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Joni Mitchell - Guitars and vocals
Jaco Pastorius - Bass (horn arr. on Dry Cleaner)
Wayne Shorter - Soprano Sax
Herbie Hancock - Piano
Peter Erskine - Drums
Don Alias - Congas
Emil Richards - percussion
This record does not have specific producer's credits. It has a release date of 1979. I had been out of high school for 3 years by this time and while I was more into jazz than most of my friends, this record never even crossed my radar.


yotte said...

I remember buying this for the cover. I listened to it off and on and was intrigued by the bits of recorded conversation and the wolves... It was my first introduction to Goodbye Porkpie Hat. Funny, huh? Love this album. Thanks for reminding me.

Hookfinger said...

Always a pleasure, yotte! This stuff should not just fade away.

Unknown said...

I bought this album in 2005 and I liked God Must Be A Boogie Man but I just couldn't get into the rest of the album... I think since then, I have grown more appreciative of jazz in general and this year, I've really listened to it alot and now I can really feel the love and soul on this album... it's beautiful... and The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines - what a track!!! I've also bought Mingus Ah Um this year and am loving it! Thanks for writing a review that made me feel like I'm not on my own!

Yair Yona said...

This is Joni in her best. Complete freedom, jazz, hot summer nights, white dress. amazing.