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by Michael Snyder
Berkeley Barb
July 19, 1979
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JONI MITCHELL - Mingus (Asylum): Mitchell's infatuation with jazz is no news. Her modified scat-singing, glottal stops and meandering lyrics added fuel to her evolution from folkie to funky. That does not make an attempt at the dubious practice of grafting words onto established jazz compositions any less feeble. Mingus' music has been celebrated, on its own merits, for years. "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," for one number, needs no clarification by a former rock groupie turned jazz groupie, as tribute to the late bass great. Available Mingus sessions from the '50s and '60s are a better bet than this frizzled fusion.

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