Jazz Is: 19 – “Moanin'”

I’m breaking a rule, and maybe committing a sacrilege. So sue me. Better yet – jazz me. Founding principle of the Jazz Is series: not just good music, but interesting video. Principle betrayed. “Moanin’,” by Charles Mingus, first appeared on the album Blues and Roots, in 1959, a year after the Bobby Timmons song of […]

Jazz Is: 13 – Charles Mingus

“Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” (Theme for Lester Young) From the album Mingus Ah Um, an elegy for Lester Young, who died two months before the recording session. This performance is from the 1975 Montreux Jazz Festival, with Charles Mingus, band leader and bass; Don Pullen, piano; George Adams, tenor saxophone; Gerry Mulligan, baritone saxophone; Benny […]