Joni Mitchell – Mingus (1979/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 37:27 minutes | 1,21 GB | Genre: Pop
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 37:26 minutes | 685 MB
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Mingus is Joni Mitchell’s tenth studio album and was a collaboration with jazz great Charles Mingus. It was recorded in the months before Mingus’ death, and would be the final musical project on which Mingus was involved. The album is dedicated solely to him, and once again features musicians from Weather Report, as in Mitchell’s previous album, Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter. Mingus also featured the first reunion of Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock in the studio since Shorter recorded his album Native Dancer.
Mingus peaked at #17 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart in 1979, and the artwork on the album features several paintings by Mitchell of Mingus.
Album Notes by Joni Mitchell:
“The first time I saw his face it shone up at me with a joyous mischief. I liked him immediately I had come to New York to hear six new songs he had written for me. I was honored! I was curious! It was as if I had been standing by a river – one toe in the water – feeling it out – and Charlie came by and pushed me in – “sink or Swim” – him laughing at me dog paddling around in the currents of black classical music.
Time never ticked so loudly for me as it did this last year. I wanted Charlie to witness the project’s completion. He heard every song but one – GOD MUST BE A BOOGIE MAN. I know it would have given him a chuckle. Inspired by the first four pages of his autobiography – Beneath The Underdog – on the night of our first meeting – it was the last to actually take form – two days after his death.
This was a difficult but challenging project. I was trying to please Charlie and still be true to myself. I cut each song three or four times. I was after something personal – something mutual – something indescribable. During these experimental recording dates, I had the opportunity to play with some great musicians. I would like to thanks them here – they helped me to search.”
01 – Happy Birthday 1975
02 – God Must Be a Boogie Man
03 – Funeral
04 – A Chair In the Sky
05 – The Wolf That Lives In Lindsey
06 – I’s a Muggin’
07 – Sweet Sucka Dance
08 – Coin In the Pocket
09 – The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines
10 – Lucky
11 – Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Joni Mitchell – guitar, vocals
Jaco Pastorius – bass, horn arrangement on “The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines”
Wayne Shorter – soprano saxophone
Herbie Hancock – electric piano
Peter Erskine – drums
Don Alias – congas
Emil Richards – percussion