- Released: February 1, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
- 1.The Shoes Of The Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers
- 2.Adagio Ma Non Troppo
- 3.Don't Be Afraid, The Clown's Afraid Too
- 4.Taurus In The Arena Of Life
- 5.Hobo Ho
- 6.The Chill Of Death
- 7.The I Of Hurricane Sue
Personnel includes: Charles Mingus (acoustic bass); Sy Johnson, Alan Raph, Teo Macero (conductor); Charles McPherson (alto saxophone); James Moody, Bobby Jones (tenor saxophone); Snooky Young, Lonnie Hillyer, Joe Wilder (trumpet); Julius Watkins (French horn); Charles McCraken (cello); Sir Roland Hanna (piano).
Producer: Teo Macero.
Reissue producer: John Snyder.
Recorded in 1972. Includes original liner notes by Charles Mingus and George Kanzler.
Digitally remastered by Vic Anesini (Sony Music Studios, New York).
One of Charles Mingus' most ambitious efforts and among the finest albums from the last stage of his career, this 1972 recording features extended compositions for jazz orchestra. It's serious, sophisticated, modernist music that still swings hard.
Soloists include Charles McPherson, James Moody, and Sir Roland Hanna, with arrangements and orchestrations beautifully handled by Sy Johnson. Mingus called this his personal favorite among all his recordings.