The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
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1963 Ratings: #5 / 29
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One of the high-water marks for avant-garde jazz in the '60s and arguably Mingus' most brilliant moment.

Rolling Stone

Black Saint ... is one of his most ambitious and best-realized works.

The Needle Drop
Quite possibly the most exciting, lavish, expressive, and detailed multi-phased jazz pieces that there ever has been.
Q Magazine

A mixture of haunting bluesiness, dancing vivacity, and moments of Andalusian heat.


-1 cause I am trying to beat the fantano clone allegations.


“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


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


Absolutely unbelievable compositions. This thing is completely insane in its performance and composition. Not a second is wasted everything is so tightly compiled and composed, and the performances are just ridiculous. I didn't really get it on first listen but this is something very special. Without a doubt my favourite jazz project of all time, and I don't see that changing anytime soon


I fucking love jazz so much. One of the best things to happen.


Some music feel like a boring mix of ingredients that taste good but aren't anything that special. This album couldn't be further away from that, it's not a mix of ingredients but rather a carefully crafted mix or pre-existing foods, it takes courage to mix french fries and vanilla ice cream to dip glazed donuts in Canada Dry, GOD IS IT GOOD.

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Added on: April 21, 2013