The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

Charles Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
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One of the high-water marks for avant-garde jazz in the '60s and arguably Mingus' most brilliant moment.


The History of the Albums – n° 222

Have you ever imagined what paradise looks like, or at least the place that could be called ideal? To be honest I've asked myself this question hundreds of times, always making up different scenarios. And then one fine day, at the dawn of autumn, by dint of scratching my head to think, which by the way accelerated my baldness, I found the answer. What if The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady were the set, and the orchestra led by Charles Mingus were ... read more


“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.” ~ Charles Mingus, 1977, Mainliner Magazine

Charles Mingus is a leader, not a follower. The American jazz bassist, pianist, and composer, born on April 22nd, is one of the most renowned jazz legends of our time. A 3 decade long masterful career, being able to work with other legends such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and many more, Mingus was like no other. ... read more


Along his extended compositional career, Mingus has delivered a long term relationship with his audience, not just on his incredible live endeavours, but also on his in-studio work that remains until today, some of the best jazz material ever. His ever-laboured efforts and commitment to composing were a trademark of his artistic individuality, and often resulted in brillant outputs. His methodical and painstaking process peaked with The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, a feat of its own. In ... read more


Might be the most energic non-vocal album I've ever heard.


I just finished listening and I’m just sitting here so confused like: "Man. What the fuck? Bruh."

Just take my 100 already.


Going through the top 50 of's top albums of all time list in random order:
Part 24: Charles Mingus - 'The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady':

This is difficult, because I know this is pretty amazing stuff, but I can't begin to explain how or why beyond the technical ability, which shouldn't be the primary thing that makes jazz "good". If your main draw for your project is that it's really hard to play, then congratulations, there's a solid chance you've written an ... read more

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Added on: April 21, 2013