Charles Mingus: Ysabel's Table Dance


Ysabel's Table Dance



Tijuana Moods (Bluebird: 09026-63840-2)

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Charles Mingus (bass), Jimmy Knepper (trombone), Shafi Hadi (alto sax), Dannie Richmond (drums),

Ysabel Morel (voice, castanets), Clarence “Gene” Shaw (trumpet), Bill Triglia (piano)


Composed by Charles Mingus


Recorded: New York, July 18, 1957


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Trying to party away the heartache of a failed marriage, Charles Mingus found "not even Tijuana could satisfy." Born in Nogales, Arizona, he had a special feel for border towns. From his unsatisfying binge around Tijuana's streets and bars, Mingus brought home a hard-won hangover and a triumphant flamenco trophy. Featuring namesake Ysabel Morel's crisp castanets and vocal urgings, "Ysabel's Table Dance" does in <10 minutes what filmmaker Orson Welles's Tijuana-lite Touch of Evil (1958) fails to in >1 hours. Namely, it scares hell out of you. For Mingus, danger and depravity are not the stuff of stagecraft. They're real.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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