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On this day in jazz (November 06)

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On this day in 1962, the great Charles Mingus recorded "Oh Yeah". Mingus is most famous for being one of the greatest bassists and composers in history; however, on this album, he plays no bass, sings on three of the songs and plays the piano on all. The album also features jazz multi-musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk who plays the flute, siren, and the tenor, manzello and stritch saxophones.

Steve Huey gives a great review of the album on, saying this of the addition of "mad genius" Roland Kirk to Mingus' band:

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.

Here's Charles and Roland with "Hog Callin' Blues":

Track listing:


  1. "Hog Callin' Blues" – 7:27
  2. "Devil Woman" – 9:42
  3. "Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am" – 4:43
  4. "Ecclusiastics" – 6:59
  5. "Oh Lord Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb on Me" – 5:43
  6. "Eat That Chicken" – 4:38
  7. "Passions of a Man" – 4:56


Last Updated on Friday, 19 August 2016 18:05  


0 #1 RE: On this day in jazz (November 06)iisaphd 2014-11-22 15:03
Also on this day, Freddie Hubbard recorded his second al[censored] as a leader: "Goin' Up". An incredible lineup supported him: Hank Mobley, McCoy Tyner, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones!