The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

Charles Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
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1963 Ratings: #1
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July 1963 / Release Date
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Impulse! / Label
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100
AllMusic

One of the high-water marks for avant-garde jazz in the '60s and arguably Mingus' most brilliant moment.

Doublez
98
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
Inglume
100
Yep. Looks like I'm in the mood for another 100/100 review, so why not take the opportunity to talk about Charles Mingus?

I think there's no doubt that for anyone with even the slightest interest in music and willing to take a fascinating journey into the past has had their eyes at least once focused on the 1960s. Ahhh yes, the 1960s! A time of innovation, popular culture, but also political turmoil and humanity hanging on the edge of a cliff. While you may find yourself safe and cozy in a ... read more
EMR
100
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
JoaoSantos
95
Who knew jazz could be good?
RakkSmells
95
[Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz]

But like... how do you describe a jazz album and what's so good or bad about it? Do I say something along the lines of "damn those trumpets sure did make some good trumpet noises"? What about "my man charles freaked it"? Or how about "Love him or hate him, Charles Mingus is spitting straight facts?"

I mean, all of those are true. WOAH man. At first glance Jazz music might seem like a very calming genre, but on The Black Saint and the ... read more
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Track List

  1. Track A – Solo Dancer
  2. Track B – Duet Solo Dancers
  3. Track C – Group Dancers
  4. Mode D – Trio and Group Dancers
  5. Mode E – Single Solos and Group Dance
  6. Mode F – Group and Solo Dance
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Added on: April 21, 2013