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Charles Mingus: The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (Verve Acoustic Sounds Series) LP

Charles Mingus

Impulse!, 1963

“The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady” isn’t just Charles Mingus’s most ambitious and acclaimed masterpiece; it’s one of the undisputed greatest jazz records of all time. Originally written in part to accompany a ballet, it’s a single composition with six movements that surges through episodes of haunting blues, crazed big band crescendos, dreamlike themes and Spanish flavoured interludes. Performed by a supremely gifted 11-piece ensemble including key Mingus associates such as pianist Jaki Byard and drummer Dannie Richmond, it’s a breathtaking feat of orchestral arrangement that grips and beguiles from start to finish. Utterly essential.


Side A
1. Solo Dancer (Stop! And Listen, Sinner Jim Whitney!)
2. Duet Solo Dancers (Heart's Beat And Shades In Physical Embraces)
3. Group Dancers ([Soul Fusion] Freewoman And Oh This Freedom's Slave Cries)

Side B
1. Trio And Group Dancers (Stop! Look! And Sing Songs Of Revolutions!)
2. Single Solos And Group Dance (Saint And Sinner Join In Merriment On Battle Front)
3. Group And Solo Dance (Of Love, Pain, And Passioned Revolt, Then Farewell, My Beloved, 'til It's Freedom Day)
  • Recorded - January 20, 1963 in New York City
  • Producer - Bob Thiele