This was the first Mingus album I heard in the early 1960s and it still sounds wonderful today. Mingus assembled a potent band for this November, 1961 session which included multi-instrumentalist Roland Kirk(in his pre-Rahsaan days), the great tenorist Booker Ervin and expressive trombonist Jimmy Knepper all at the peak of their powers. Mingus' right-hand man Danny Richmond is on drums with Doug Watkins taking over the bass duties leaving the leader to accompany on soulful piano and contributing some bluesy vocals(plus occasional shouting!). Highlights include the earthy, rumbustious 'Hog Callin' Blues' featuring an inspired Roland Kirk, the churchy 'Ecclusiastics' and the Monkish 'Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am'. 'Eat That Chicken' is a humorous tribute to Fats Waller while 'Passions of a Man' is a strange, surreal rap with highly unusual and effective instrumental backing. The three excellent bonus tracks from this session, '"Old" Blues for Walt's Torin', 'Peggy's Blue Skylight' and 'Invisible Lady' were first issued on 'Tonight at Noon'.
'Oh Yeah' was the record that turned me on to modern jazz and while not quite a Mingus masterpiece it's a wildly entertaining, turbulent and passionate album that deserves to reach the widest possible audience.
P.S. The earlier CD re-issue of 'Oh Yeah'(ATLANTIC JAZZ 90667-2) omits the three bonus tracks but is important for the inclusion of a fascinating 24-minute interview with Mingus conducted by the producer, Nesuhi Ertegun.