Charles Mingus: The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady

Charles Mingus: The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady

Analogue Productions  CIPJ 35 SA

Stereo Hybrid


Charles Mingus (bass, piano)
Jay Berliner (guitar)
Don Butterfield (tuba)
Jaki Byard (piano)
Rolf Ericson & Richard Gene Williams (trumpets)
Dick Hafer (flute, tenor saxophone)
Quentin Jackson (trombone)
Charlie Mariano (alto saxophone)
Jerome Richardson (flute, soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone)
Dannie Richmond (drums)

In January of 1963, bassist and composer Charles Mingus recorded a very personal and socially conscious work he titled The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady. Each composition, from the opening "Solo Dancer" to the closing "Group and Solo Dance" was a musical expression of Mingus' philosophy of life, love and the world around him. To the legendary bassist, this recording was so personal that he asked his friend, clinical psychologist Dr. Pollack, to review the music. As Dr. Pollack stated in the original liner notes: "Psychologists interpret behavior... why not apply this skill to music." Dr. Pollack did just that, interpreting the Mingus message inherent in his music - music that speaks of the artists' yearning for love, peace and freedom. For Charlie Mingus and the musicians that joined him - Charlie Mariano, alto saxophone; Jake Byard, piano; Jay Berliner, guitar; Don Butterfield, tuba; Dick Hafer, tenor saxophone and flute; Quentin Jackson, trombone - The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady was much more than just another album, it was a jazz ballet performed by a small ensemble. It has become a landmark event.

Originally released in 1963.

Mastered by Kevin Gray.

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Analogue recording
1. Solo Dancer
2. Duet Solo Dancers
3. Group Dancers
4. Trio and Group Dancers/Single Solos and...
Comments (1)

Comment by Downunderman - March 1, 2019 (1 of 1)

An Album that is easy to admire but hard to love, though there are fleeting moments that resonate.

Sounds very good all the same. I'm not familiar with previous issues of this title, so it may be just how it is intended to be, but the bass is not as high in the mix as I would have expected.