Charles Mingus: Better Git It In Your Soul
Better Git It In Your Soul
Charles Mingus (bass)
Mingus Ah Um (Columbia CK 40648)
Composed by Charles Mingus.
Recorded: New York, May 5, 1959
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
Three 1959 Mingus albums begin with the same Pentecostal pandemonium. February's "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting" (Blues & Roots) becomes, in turn, May's "Better Git It In Your Soul" (Mingus Ah Um) and November's "Slop" (Mingus Dynasty), each in fast 6/8 meter with tension-and-release stop-time choruses and verbal exhortations from Mingus enacting the Holy Roller role. Of the three iterations, "Better Git It," with a phenomenal solo by tenorman Ervin, is the most exciting. It's possible that Rev. Charles's religiosity stemmed more from commercial calculation than bedrock conviction—his true bedrock conviction might've been that Holy Rolling helped to sell his records. Whatever, this is bedrock Mingus, not to be missed.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
Tags: 1950s jazz