The Evening of the Blue Men

The Evening of the Blue Men is an album by American jazz saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc with Muntu, which was recorded live in 1979 at NYC's St. Mark's Church and released on his own Muntu label. The album was reissued in 2009 as part of the three-CD box Muntu Recordings on the Lithuanian NoBusiness label.[1] This second Muntu unit, a pianoless quartet consisting of Moondoc, trumpeter Roy Campbell, bassist William Parker and drummer Rashid Bakr, made its first performance in December 1978 at Ali's Alley.[2][3]

The Evening of the Blue Men
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Live album by
RecordedMarch 30, 1979
VenueSt. Mark's Church, New York City
Jemeel Moondoc chronology
First Feeding
The Evening of the Blue Men
New York Live!


In a review of the Muntu box for AllAboutJazz, John Sharpe says about the album "Without piano, Moondoc's tone sounds lighter and airier, his Ornette Coleman influence more to the fore. Campbell's fluent, slurred legato blends pleasingly with the reedman's plangent holler."[4]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Jemeel Moondoc
  1. "The Evening of the Blue Men, Part 3 (Double Expo)" - 21:02
  2. "Theme for Diane" - 19:39



  1. ^ Muntu Recordings at NoBusiness
  2. ^ Muntu, the Essay by Jemeel Moondoc; Muntu Recordings book.
  3. ^ Hazell, Ed. Carved Out of the Hard Dark Ebony of Africa: Jemeel Moondoc and Muntu at Point of Departure
  4. ^ Sharpe, John. Muntu Recordings review at All About Jazz