Liner Note Authors: Arnold Marcus; Leonard Feather.
Recording information: New York, NY (05/05/1959); New York, NY (05/12/1959).
One of the five essential Mingus albums to own, and even if you are not a jazz fan this is still worthy of being in any comprehensive collection. The opening track, "Better Git It In Your Soul," rushes along at a furious pace and then there is a wonderful change of tempo into an a cappella and handclap pause. It rolls on, of course, but the nature of this track reflects the nature of Mingus who never failed to experiment (even though sometimes he failed). The personnel comprises John Handy III, Shafi Hadi and Booker Ervin (saxophones), Horace Parlan Jr (piano), Willie Dennis and James Knepper (trombones) and Charles Richmond (drums). Mingus whoops, shouts and holds it all together and then turns the pace majestically on numbers such as "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat.
Down Beat (p.61) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "MINGUS AH UM combined the ferocity, elegance and sheer brilliance of Mingus' pen and bandleading."