Charles Mingus: Flamingo
Charles Mingus (bass)
Tijuana Moods (Bluebird: 09026-63840-2)
Clarence Shaw (trumpet), Shafi Hadi (alto saxophone), Bill Triglia (piano).
Composed by Edmund Anderson and Ted Grouya.
Recorded: New York, City, NY. August 6, 1957
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
It would be difficult to get to the heart of what makes this track so special to me. The programmatic nature of the composition evokes strong pictures in my mind as opposed to just laying down some changes for the soloists to blow over. Mingus paints with his writing and his musicians like no one else -- this is a beautiful example. While it sounds like most of the composition is written out, that doesn’t take anything away from the majesty of every note.
Reviewer: Frank Murphy