Re: Did we ever talk about The Kronos Quartet's "Monk Suite"?
I looked for Blues and Roots when I was getting into Mingus but it seemed to be out of print on CD. I ended up getting McCoy Tuner's Expansions on vinyl for like 20% of the CD price so maybe I should consider it again. Mingus Dynasty is good; there's one weird track that's very Eastern-tinged but which has a totally nondescript title. Kind of dig that.
I'd say that The Golden Striker has some Giovanni Gabrieli in it, especially with its Venetian theme and brass orchestration.