Newly Remastered on Hybrid SACD! Mastered by Bernie Grundman!
Tijuana Moods is an album by Charles Mingus originally recorded in 1957 but not
released until 1962. Tijuana Moods is a boisterous, swinging suite of songs that
meld Bebop with the tequila haze of nightclubs, a flamenco striptease,
serenading mariachis and the glare of the Mexican sun in the hedonist milieu of
the border town.
It is notable that the name "Charlie Mingus" appears on the cover of the
original album. Mingus hated all nicknames derived from Charles ("Don't call me
Charlie; that's not a man's name, that's a name for a horse"). All songs were
composed by Mingus except "Flamingo."
One of the most important figures in twentieth century American music, Charles
Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader and
composer. Mingus settled in New York where he played and recorded with the
leading musicians of the 1950’s– Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Art
Tatum and Duke Ellington himself. One of the few bassists to do so, Mingus
quickly developed as a leader of musicians. He was also an accomplished pianist
who could have made a career playing that instrument.
Mingus soon found himself at the forefront of the avant-garde. His recordings
bear witness to the extraordinarily creative body of work that followed. Tijuana
Moods is one of those recordings.
"This is the best record I ever made." -Charles Mingus, 1962
"Bassist/composer Charles Mingus at the time said that this was his greatest
recording, and it certainly ranks near the top...The passionate playing,
exciting ensembles, and high-quality compositions make this a real gem, and it
represents one of Charles Mingus' finest hours." -Scott Yanow, allmusic.com
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Mastered by Bernie Grundman
Charles Mingus, bass
Jimmy Knepper, trombone
Curtis Porter (Shafi Hadi), alto saxophone
Clarence Shaw, trumpet
Bill Triglia, piano
Danny Richmond, drums
Frankie Dunlop, percussion
Ysabel Morel, castinets
Lonnie Elder, vocals
1. Dizzy Moods
2. Ysabel's Table Dance
3. Tijuana Gift Shop
4. Los Mariachis (The Street Musicians)