- Released: August 23, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Shout Factory
- 1.Scenes In The City
- 3.N.Y. Sketchbook
- 4.Duke's Choice
- 6.Woody 'N' You
- 8.Slippers (Alternate Take)
Also available with JAZZ EXPERIMENTS OF CHARLES MINGUS and EAST COASTING as part of the 3-CD box THE COMPLETE BETHLEHEM JAZZ COLLECTION.
Personnel: Charles Mingus (bass); Melvin Stewart (spoken vocals); Shafi Hadi (alto & tenor saxophones); Bill Hardman, Clarence Shaw (trumpet); Jimmy Knepper (trombone); Horace Parlan, Bob Hammer (piano); Dannie Richmond (drums).
Includes original liner notes by Nat Hentoff and reissue liner notes by Joseph Laredo.
Digitally remastered by Tom Moulton, Rick Essig and Greg Vaughn (FRankford Wayne Mastering Labs, New York, New York).
This is part of the Bethlehem Classic Jazz series.
Personnel: Charles Mingus (double bass); Shafi Hadi (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Clarence Gene Shaw, Bill Hardman (trumpet); Jimmy Knepper (trombone); Horace Parlan, Bob Hammer (piano); Dannie Richmond (drums).
Despite its title, this CD reissue (made available through Evidence) does not have poetry and is not a "symposium." What it does have is a memorable narration by Lonnie Elder on "Scenes in the City" (one of the best collaborations between the spoken word and jazz), four obscure Charles Mingus compositions for his sextet (which consists of the bassist/leader, trombonist Jimmy Knepper, Shafi Hadi on tenor and alto, either Bill Hardman or Clarence Shaw on trumpet, pianist Horace Parlan, and drummer Dannie Richmond), and three previously unreleased performances including a run-through of Dizzy Gillespie's "Wouldn't You." An excellent set of challenging yet often accessible music. ~ Scott Yanow