Charles Mingus – Blues & Roots

One of Charles Mingus’s major albums in the late 1950s, Blues & Roots swings off with a gospel-laced “Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting” and never cops out. From the slow, soaring “Cryin’ Blues” to the swift, rousing “E’s Flat Ah’s Flat Too,” the nine-piece band plays like a wild beast with lots of soul.

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