This is one of my favorite Charles Mingus records. Recorded in two separate sessions with two slightly different groups in 1963, the performances are amazing and it sounds fantastic. It has reworkings (under different names) of earlier Mingus compositions like “Goodbye Porkpie Hat”, “E’s Flat, Ah’s Flat Too”, “Haitian Fight Song”, and “Better Get It In Your Soul”, which is included here.
I have 2 copies of this LP, one stereo and one mono. Each are first pressings that sound excellent to me, and it’s interesting to check out the difference between the two. The mono version is in slightly better condition and is in the pics and audio clip here. (Details: Impulse A-54 mono/red and orange label + van gelder stamp)