Monday, October 18, 2010

Charles Mingus - Oh Yeah (1962)

A few things worth mentioning: first, Mingus does not play bass on this recording, but handles piano and vocal duties instead (one of the rare albums in which he does so). Oh Yeah also features two really amazing sax players - (Rahsaan) Roland Kirk & Booker Ervin. I think the album is really carried by their playing as well as Mingus' composition skills. Mingus' singing is great but his intermittent screams really make the perfect embellishments - throughout the album, you're going to hear a lot of "Oh Yeah!"s and other such remarks of encouragement (strange for Mingus, known for his violent temper...) "Hog Callin' Blues" introduces the theme that would reappear on "II B.S." from Mingus 5x. Apologies for the brief CD skips on this track. By the way, is Paul Simon paying homage or biting?


1. Hog Callin' Blues
2. Devil Woman
3. Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am
4. Ecclusiastics
5. Oh Lord Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me
6. Eat That Chicken
7. Passions Of A Man
8. "Old" Blues For Walt's Torin
9. Peggy's Blue Skylight
10. Invisible Lady


Charles Mingus, piano & vocals
Roland Kirk, flute, siren, tenor sax, manzello & stritch
Booker Ervin, tenor sax
Jimmy Knepper, trombone
Doug Watkins, bass
Dannie Richmond, drums

Recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York City, November 6, 1961

Oh Yeah!

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