Joni Mitchell, Mingus (1979)
Of course I always liked this record – and owned it – it’s a Joni Mitchell record after all, but I was never as enamoured with it as so many of the others, a difficult record, a bit unfinished, bits and pieces, which of course is part of its charm and easily documented (Joni was collaborating with Charles Mingus and this was his last ever project, released essentially as a tribute to him). But just recently I’ve started playing it again and it’s nowhere near as unfinished or odd as I thought – and even if it is (neither of those aspects are bad by the way) – it’s got some amazing performances, an incredible band (Jaco, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Peter Erskine and Don Alias) and Joni in full flight, paying tribute to the great Mingus. So it’s got a lot of magic. Just recently it’s become something of a favourite. Always nice with artists like this – you come back to their catalogue (take some time off sometimes) and fine new favourites.
Sample Track: God Must Be A Boogie Man
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