Track Selection: Better Git It in your Soul (Mingus)
Too much to choose from, so Side One, Track One.
Jimmy Knepper (trb) John Handy (as, cl) Booker Ervin (ts) Curtis Porter (ts, as) Horace Parlan (p) Charles Mingus (b) Dannie Richmond (d) recorded NYC, May 5 & 12, 1959
Mingus Chronology LJC links: Pithecanthropus Erectus (1956); The Clown (1957); Mingus Five (1957) Tijuana Moods (1957) East Coasting (1957) Jazz Portraits (1959) Blues and Roots (1959) Ah Um (1959) Mingus Dynasty (1959) Mingus Presents (1960) Reincarnation of a Lovebird (1960) The Black Saint and the Singer Lady (1963) Mingus 5 (1963) Mingus at Monterey (1965)
Blog history: first Blogged August 2011 UK Philips 1st press Ah Um! Sample how things have moved on in eighteen months.
Mingus’s towering work, and a sonic richness which is almost overwhelming, ranking alongside Kind of Blue, a record which you must have on the original Columbia Six Eye, stereo or mono..
However you will be short-changed musically compared with The Evil Silver Disk. When Columbia first issued the album in 1959 six of the album’s nine songs were edited in order to fit them on the LP, shortened by several minutes.
The Evil Silver Disc™ (Warning! – avert eyes, do not stare directly at the disc!) TESD offers the seductive lure of extra minutes. A shapeshifting spectre, in a certain light it can even look like a stereo six eye label. Resist! That way damnation lies . Once a slave to bonus tracks, you’ll soon be on downloads; ever shortening attention-span, flicking compulsively through playlists like a casino slot-addict, hoping each time the next spin will be The One. And you will have only yourself to blame. If only I had listened to LJC!
Put your trust in vinyl. This is how music was meant to be heard: twenty minutes per side, from the spinning Less Evil Black Disc. Anything more is the Devil’s handiwork.
Vinyl: Columbia CL 1370 Six Eye mono US LP 1st press, 1B/1E stampers.
The quality of the recording I believe owes a great deal to Columbia’s legendary 30th St. Studio with its 100ft high ceiling and stone walls, a former church, lets not bring the spirit world in to this, but all that ambient reflection (Alert! LJC may be “talkin’ bollox” again!)
Collection of the late Brian Clark
Initially I turned this one down as I already had a copy of the UK first press by Philips. However I recall being very disappointed with the British pressing, so I decided eventually to include it in my parcel. Good call. When you put on the Philips, it’s all a bit tame and withholding, dull and worthy. It is great music, so you want to forgive it, but it sounds dull.
Stick on the Six Eye and suddenly the room explodes, that soundstage opens up, fills the room. Whoa!! That’s Mingus Ah Um!!.