Joni Mitchell: The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines


The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines


Joni Mitchell (vocals, guitar)


Mingus (Asylum )

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Joni Mitchell (vocals, guitar), Jaco Pastorius (electric bass), Herbie Hancock (electric piano), Peter Erskine (drums), Wayne Shorter (soprano sax), Don Alias (congas).

Composed by Charles Mingus


Recorded: Hollywood, CA, New York, NY, 1978-1979


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

I never really understood how good Mitchell was at singing jazz numbers, but she really shines on this song. Her vocal phrasing sounds like she's been seeing jazz exclusively, for years. Jaco Pastorius steals the show for me though on this blues song written by Charles Mingus. Mingus originally wanted to work with Mitchell after hearing her album Don Juan's Reckless Daughter and I think that it speaks volumes that a legend like Mingus chose to work with Mitchell. Wayne Shorter's soprano playing on this track is some of his finest. This song is steadily driven by Jaco and Erskine who lay down a great rhythm track for Mitchell.

This song represents another fine collaboration between Jaco and Joni and further testifies to his prowess as a bassist and her power as a vocalist. I give this song a super ten thumbs up!

Reviewer: Jared Pauley


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