I al­ready blogged about The Dry Clean­er From Des Moines, by Joni Mitchell and Charles Min­gus, eleven years ago, so if you want a deep-dive on the mu­sic and con­tex­t, go read that. To­day, just lis­ten to it, and if it doesn’t get you smil­ing and bop­ping, there’s noth­ing I can say that will help you.

The Shadows and Light Band

I’ll keep it brief: Shad­ows and Light is a fab­u­lous live al­bum. The band: Mitchel­l, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Don Alias, Ja­co Pas­to­rius (!), and Michael Breck­er. That is a jaw-dropping list of names. The song? It’s fast, it’s fun­ny, and it’s a great tune. Joni is awe­some. Ja­co and Michael and Don are too. It ends with a fe­ro­cious Pastorius-led rhythm work­out then a BANG! You couldn’t imag­ine want­ing to change any­thing; about as close to per­fect as a per­for­mance can get.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on Ama­zon, iTunes, Spo­ti­fy. Live video of this very per­for­mance! (There’s a DVD.)

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