CHARLES MINGUS — Tijuana Moods (aka Mexican Moods aka New Tijuana Moods)

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Album · 1962

Filed under Post Bop
By CHARLES MINGUS

Tracklist

A1 Dizzy Moods 5:45
A2 Ysabel's Table Dance 10:20
B1 Tijuana Gift Shop 3:43
B2 Los Mariachis (The Street Musicians) 10:14
B3 Flamingo 5:26

Track listing of New Tijuana Moods (Bluebird– 5635-1-RB,1986,US):
A1 Dizzy Moods 5:47
A2 Ysabel's Table Dance 10:24
B1 Tijuana Gift Shop 3:44
B2 Los Mariachis (The Street Musicians) 10:18
B3 Flamingo 5:31
C1 Dizzy Moods (Alternate Take) 8:17
C2 Ysabel's Table Dance (Alternate Take) 12:57
D1 Tijuana Gift Shop (Alternate Take) 4:39
D2 Los Mariachis (The Street Musicians) (Alternate Take) 12:23
D3 Flamingo (Alternate Take) 6:37

Track listing of 2000 Expanded Edition. Released on RCA Victor Gold Series (catalog number 74321749992):

Disc 1
"Dizzy Moods"
"Ysabel's Table Dance"
"Tijuana Gift Shop"
"Los Mariachis (The Street Musicians)"
"Flamingo"
"A Colloquial Dream (Scenes in the City)"

Disc 2
"Dizzy Moods (Alternate Take)"
"Ysabel's Table Dance (Alternate Take)"
"Tijuana Gift Shop (Alternate Take)"
"Los Mariachis (Alternate Take)"
"Flamingo (Alternate Take)"
"A Colloquial Dream (Alternate Take)"

Line-up/Musicians

- Charles Mingus / bass, vocals
- Clarence Shaw / trumpet
- Jimmy Knepper/ trombone
- Shafi Hadi / alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
- Bill Triglia / piano
- Dannie Richmond / drums
- Ysabel Morel / castanets, vocals
- Frankie Dunlop / percussion
- Lonne Elder / voices

About this release

RCA Victor LSP-2533(US)

Recorded July 18 and August 6, 1957 in RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City

Reissued in 1979 as "Mexican Moods" (RCA – QJ-25251, US)

Remastered version reissued as "New Tijuana Moods" in 1986

Thanks to snobb, dreadpirateroberts for the updates

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Sean Trane
It’s never easy for me to really have an overall and accurate picture of Mingus’ music, because his eclectic works kind of defy any easy categorization, and I’m not equally receptive to all of his musical facets, but when it comes to Mingus’ songwriting, it hits the spot.

Ysabel’s Table Dance will indeed transport you over the Mexican border with an exotic music nearing Flamenco sketches, in no small thanks to Shaw’s trumpet. Also of note is the famed Ysabel’s castanets, which add the unmistakably Spanish tinge to the track I can only imagine how such daring musical excavations must’ve shocked the jazz world back then, and even nowadays, it’s still quite daring. And we are almost two years before Miles’ Spanish Sketches.

Over the flipside, the Gift Shop again gives a Latin feel, but this time much more restrained, coupled with a standard jazz feel. You’d expect the Los Mariachis to be even further down the Latin aisle than Ysabel, but it actually starts out pretty standardy, before developing in a typical Mingus madness, with some shouted-out vocals, then a return to bluesy quasi-big-band stuff. The closing Flamingo is a slow-paced with Shaw’s muted trumpet and Knepper’s quiet trombone dominating the debate, but it doesn’t bring much to the overall Mingus scheme.

TM is one of my early Mingus fave album (desoite the later release), because there are some hints of what he would do in Black Saint a few years later, but we’re still quite a few blocks away from that kind of nirvana. I kind of wish there had been more Spanish influence in the present album, such as Ysabel's Table Dance.

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