The spontaneity and excitement of Mingus on location is truly captured here. The bassist/composer/leader called his band the Jazz Workshop and he was appearing at the San Francisco club of the same name. Mingus’s bands were workshops in the real sense of that word because there was always experimentation right on the stand. There is passionate playing by Clifford Jordan on tenor sax, Mingus’s cello-like bowing, and a welcome guest spot from Mingus’s former sideman, John Handy on alto sax, in "New Fables." This is a lyricless version of "Fables of Faubus," although there is some, basically inaudible commentary from Dannie Richmond. Pianist Jane Getz, who dropped out of the jazz scene shortly thereafter, is heard at length on "Meditation."
with Clifford Jordan, John Handy, Jane Getz, Dannie Richmond