Nostalgia in Times Square

Nostalgia in Times Square is an album by American jazz saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc, which was recorded in 1985 and released on the Italian Soul Note label. He leads a quintet that features Ornette Coleman guitarist Bern Nix, former Roland Kirk pianist Rahn Burton, bassist William Parker and drummer Denis Charles. This is Moondoc's first date with piano since his debut album, Muntu's First Feeding.

Nostalgia in Times Square
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Studio album by
RecordedNovember 24, 1985
StudioZen's Studio, Brooklyn
LabelSoul Note
ProducerGiovanni Bonandrini
Jemeel Moondoc chronology
Konstanze's Delight
Nostalgia in Times Square


The title track is a medium tempo blues written by Charles Mingus for the 1959 John Cassavetes film Shadows, recorded by the bassist on the album Jazz Portraits: Mingus in Wonderland and reprised as "Strollin'," with a vocal by Honi Gordon, on Mingus Dynasty. "Flora," a ballad named for Moondoc's maternal grandmother, marks his recorded debut on soprano saxophone, a horn he first played in the early Seventies as member of Cecil Taylor's student orchestra at Antioch College. "In Walked Monk" is a homage to pianist Thelonious Monk, named after Monk's tribute to Bud Powell "In Walked Bud". "Dance of the Clowns" started off as interlude music for the score that Moondoc wrote for the play The Siberian Express, and would be renamed as “Dance of the Negro Lawn Jockeys” in later years.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz    [2]

The album was received as a move inside the tradition. The Penguin Guide to Jazz says that "is interesting for the addition of a guitar player and the abandonment of vibes for piano" but notes that "it's certainly a conservative step and there's nothing on the set that really grabs attention."[2]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Jemeel Moondoc except as indicated
  1. "Nostalgia in Times Square" (Charles Mingus) – 13:12
  2. "Flora" – 12:18
  3. "In Walked Monk" – 15:16
  4. "Dance of the Clowns" – 10:51



  1. ^ Original Liner Notes by Francis Davis
  2. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2002). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (6th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 1061. ISBN 0140515216.