Charlie Mingus : Tijuana Moods

Charlie Mingus : Tijuana Moods


Charlie Mingus (bass), Curtis Porter (alto sax), Jimmy Knepper (trombone), Clarence Shaw (trumpet), Bill Triglia (piano), Dannie Richmond, Frankie Dunlop (percussion), Danny Richmond (drums), Lonnie Elder (voices)

RCA 2533

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Dizzy Moods
A2 - Ysabel's Table Dance
B1 - Tijuana Gift Shop
B2 - Los Mariachis (The Street Musicians)
B3 - Flamingo

Recorded in July and August 1957 at RCA Victor's Studio A in New York City, but not released until 1962.

When this LP was released in 1962, it was honored with the maximum number of stars that Downbeat, the most famous of all jazz magazines, could award. And keep in mind the recordings were already five years old! Is there any better proof that the composer and arranger Charlie Mingus was ahead of his time? As a double bassist he was rather less virtuosic than his fellow musicians – and not just on these recordings. However, these five numbers earned every single star of the five they were awarded. They illustrate his masterly handling of Mexican folk music and his skill in integrating it into his jazz. The small ensemble of Clarence Shaw, whom Mingus described as a super-improviser on the trumpet, Jimmy Knepper, a technical ace on the trombone, the legendary tenor saxophone player Shafi Hadi, and his longstanding friend Dannie Richmond on the drums all earn the very highest recognition, even though the sextet of 1963/64 once more enhanced their creativity in later years.

No record collection is complete without the present highlight. Grab this opportunity to close the gap on your shelf, especially since these recorded jewels have an unusually good sound.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under