A Modern Jazz Symposium of Music and Poetry
© 1995 (?) ZYX-Music GmbH
This is an examination of a guy from Harlem and his relationship to jazz. It shows what jazz can mean to someone who's not basically a musician but who 'lives on that music' a lot... In terms of feeling, these guys knew a lot about jazz. Jazz helps the man in this piece hear himself, the way he is and feels, and every note becomes a part of him as he is now and as he'd like the world to be. Jazz says a lot of things for him and helps him be at one with himself.
Melvin Stewart about 'Scenes In The City' (from liner notes)
All compositions by Charles Mingus
On all tracks
Marketed and distributed in Europe by ZYX-Music. Tracks 6-8 are not included in European release.
Additional information by Uwe Weiler (September 4, 1997):
Mingus re Bethlehem/Modern Jazz Symposium: I was working on the topic in July '97, at the time when I was happy to purchase the original mono release Bethlehem BCP-6026, maroon label, deep groove, BCP-12-6026-A-R1 (side 1) BCP-12-6026-B-R1 (side 2) on wax, which I was in search for more than 20 years. I compared the original release with the official US cd re-issue, edition 1997, Bethlehem 20-40092 stereo, which contents, by the way, also one alternate and two new tunes. Indeed, there are some different segments within the tracks SCENES IN THE CITY, NOUROOG and NEW YORK SKETCHBOOK if compared with the mono and stereo releases. Obviously, the mono release was the more satisfying edit for Mingus, but due to the relatively new and young stereo technique at the time in October 1957, the stereo tapes had some awful dropouts, either by the mike or/and by the tape itself. They had to make some re-recordings which had to fit to the timing of the mono edition. Anyhow, there's no complete new take of the three mentioned tracks but there are sometimes very long alternate take segments within the tracks which are different to the more known stereo releases. NEW YORK SKETCHBOOK mono-8:48 stereo-8:51 The mono take has a 4:52 "middle part" which is a different take insert compared with the stereo take's middle part 4:33 a. mono 0:00-1:17 same take insert b. stereo 0:00-1:17 same take insert a. mono 1:17-6:09 different take insert b. stereo 1:17-5:50 different take insert a. mono 6:09-8:48 same take insert, but ChinaTown interlude: 0:30 b. stereo 5:50-8:51 same take insert, but ChinaTown interlude: 0:52 ChinaTown interlude a. 0:22 cut from b. NOUROOG mono-5:02 stereo 4:49 The mono take uses a different take insert 1:27 during Hadi's ts solo compared with the stereo take's insert 1:14 a. mono 0:00-2:20 same take insert, Hadi solo starts at 1:51 b. stereo 0:00-2:20 same take insert, Hadi solo starts at 1:51 a. mono 2:20-3:47 different take insert, different Hadi solo b. stereo 2:20-3:34 different take insert, different Hadi solo a. mono 3:47-5:02 same take insert 1:15 b. stereo 3:34-4:49 same take insert 1:15 Hadi's solo at the very end of the tune is the same edit... SCENES IN THE CITY mono-11:23 stereo-11:49 The mono release uses both a different take insert in the beginning 2:49 and the end 2:14 compared with the stereo take's beginning 3:05 and end 2:24, whereas the "middle part" 6:20 has the same take insert in mono and stereo releases. a. mono 0:00-2:49 different take insert b. stereo 0:00-3:05 different take insert a. mono 2:49-9:09 same take insert, 1), Knepper solo starts at 8:38 b. stereo 3:05-9:25 same take insert, 1), Knepper solo starts at 8:53 a. mono 9:09-11:23 different take insert, Knepper solo different b. stereo 9:25-11:49 different take insert, Knepper solo different 1) "...Now, here I am standing at my window in my old building..." The original mono release has a far more superior sound compared with the stereo recordings.
Yet some additional information by Uwe Weiler (December 28, 1997):
Meanwhile, to come back to the subject MODERN JAZZ SYMPOSIUM, I've bought quite a lot of various LP and CD pressings in order to check as to which extent the individual pressings are using stereo or mono versions of SCENES OF THE CITY, NY SKETCHBOOK and NOUROOG. Available at my file are now: 1. Bethlehem(US) BCP6026 MONO Orig. LP 2. Bethlehem(US) SBCP6026 STEREO (Orig. LP only on cassette copy) 3. Polydor Special(GB) 545111 STEREO LP (p '60s): Duke's Choice 4. Polydor(D) 2335 079 MONO 2 LP (p '70s): Jazz History Vol.19 5. Affinity(GB) AFF 105 MONO LP (p 1983): Scenes In The City 6. Affinity(F) CHARLY 19 MONO CD (p 1986): New York Sketchbook 7. Bethlehem/ZYX(D) BET6015-2 MONO CD (p '90s): A Mod.Jazz Symp... 8. Bethlehem(US) 20-40092 STEREO CD (p 1994):A Mod.Jazz Symp... 9. Giants of Jazz(I) 53161 MONO CD (p 1995): Fables of Faubus 10. Charly(D) CDGR 131 SEREO CD (p 1997): A Mod. Jazz Symp... Obviously, as can be heard from the a.m. pressings, we have to distinguish, as previously postulated, basically between stereo and mono versions. Seemingly, only the German Polydor LP, no. 4., has transfered the stereo tapes to an own mono master, as probably they did not like the stereo-sound. All other mono editions are identical to the original mono release, except that these editions show some different timings, but they are all aurally inferior compared with the 1st release: SCENES IN THE CITY, orig. LP (no.1) MONO 11:23 No. 5 - 11:14 No. 6 - 11:15 No. 7 - 11:18 No. 9 - 11:15 NY SKETCHBOOK, orig. LP (no.1) MONO 8:48 No. 5 - 8:26 edited at the start No. 6 - 8:25 edited at the start No. 7 - 8:28 edited at the start No. 9 - 8:25 edited at the start NY SKETCHBOOK, orig. LP (no.2) STEREO 8:51 No. 3 - 8:49 No. 4 - 8:29 edited at the start, release in mono No. 8 - 8.51 No.10 - 8:51