Charles Mingus – Oh Yeah (1962/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 44:19 minutes | 1,81 GB | Genre: Jazz
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For the First Time – Digitally Released As High Resolution Downloads 192kHz/24bit Classic Jazz Titles from the Archives of Warner Bros Records, Reprise, Atlantic Records, and Rhino Records. Known for defying boundaries, Oh Yeah is a testament to Mingus’ unparalleled versatility. The commanding record delivers Mingus’ distinctive and unique approach to musical composition. His blues-tinged vocals are soaked with stellar piano playing. The album finds Mingus collaborating with an all-star cast of musicians including trombonist Jimmy Knepper, multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk and more. A strikingly energetic album that is sure to please all ears.
After several sessions with Columbia and Candid, Charles Mingus briefly returned to Atlantic and cut the freewheeling Oh Yeah, which has to rank as the wildest of all his classic albums. Mingus plays no bass whatsoever, hiring Doug Watkins to fill in while he accompanies the group on piano and contributes bluesy vocals to several tracks (while shouting encouragement on nearly all of them). Mingus had always had a bizarre sense of humor, as expressed in some of his song titles and arranging devices, but Oh Yeah often gets downright warped. That’s partly because Mingus is freed up to vocalize more often, but it’s also due to the presence of mad genius Roland Kirk. His chemistry with Mingus is fantastically explosive, which makes sense — both were encyclopedias of jazz tradition, but given over to oddball modernist experimentation. It’s a shame Kirk only spent three months with the band, because his solo interpretations are such symbiotic reflections of Mingus’ intent as a composer. Look no further than “Hog Callin’ Blues,” a stomping “Haitian Fight Song” descendant where Kirk honks and roars the blues like a man possessed. Mingus’ vocal selections radiate the same dementia, whether it’s the stream-of-consciousness blues couplets on “Devil Woman,” the dark-humored modern-day spiritual “Oh Lord Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb on Me,” or the dadaist stride piano bounce of “Eat That Chicken,” a nod to Fats Waller’s comic novelties. Elsewhere, “Passions of a Man” sounds almost like musique concrète, while “Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am” nicks some Monk angularity and “Ecclusiastics” adds some testifying shouts and a chorale-like theme to Mingus’ gospel-jazz hybrid. Oh Yeah is probably the most offbeat Mingus album ever, and that’s what makes it so vital.
01 – Hog Calling Blues
02 – Devil Woman
03 – Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am
04 – Ecclusiastics
05 – Oh Lord Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me (Alternate)
06 – Eat That Chicken
07 – Passions Of A Man