Black Saint & Sinner Lady CD (1995)

Artist: Charles Mingus

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Label Uni/impulse
SKU 60196482
UPC 011105017428
UPC 14 00011105017428
Format CD
Release Date 11/7/1995
Author Charles Mingus
Associated Artist/Work ]
Associated Artist/Work Baker, Chet (Trumpet/Vocals/Com
Associated Artist/Work Beckett, Harry
Associated Artist/Work Blakey, Art
Associated Artist/Work Bley, Paul
Associated Artist/Work Booker, Ervin
Associated Artist/Work Brecker, Randy
Associated Artist/Work Coltrane, John
Associated Artist/Work Dolphy, Eric
Associated Artist/Work Ellington Edward Kennedy
Associated Artist/Work Ellington, Duke
Associated Artist/Work Evans, Gil
Associated Artist/Work Gillespie, Dizzy
Associated Artist/Work Hampton, Lionel
Associated Artist/Work Hughes, Langston
Associated Artist/Work Jazz Workshop All Stars
Associated Artist/Work Jones, Quincy
Associated Artist/Work Metropole Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work Mingus Dynasty
Associated Artist/Work Mingus, Charlie
Associated Artist/Work Minguss
Associated Artist/Work Mitchell, Joni
Associated Artist/Work Newport Rebels
Associated Artist/Work Norvo, Red
Associated Artist/Work Parker, Charlie (Sax)
Associated Artist/Work Rava, Enrico
Associated Artist/Work Richmond, Dannie
Artist Influence Art Tatum
Artist Influence Barney Bigard
Artist Influence Buddy Collette
Artist Influence Charlie Parker (Sax)
Artist Influence Duke Ellington
Artist Influence Kid Ory
Artist Influence Lionel Hampton
Artist Influence Louis Armstrong
Artist Influence Milt Hinton
Artist Influence Oscar Pettiford
Artist Influence Red Callender
Artist Influence Red Norvo
Artist Influence Slam Stewart
Artist Contemporary Albert Ayler
Artist Contemporary Alice Coltrane
Artist Contemporary Bill Evans (Piano)
Artist Contemporary Booker Ervin
Artist Contemporary Charles McPherson
Artist Contemporary Charlie Haden
Artist Contemporary Chico Hamilton
Artist Contemporary Clifford Jordan
Artist Contemporary Dannie Richmond
Artist Contemporary Dave Holland (Bass)
Artist Contemporary Dexter Gordon
Artist Contemporary Dizzy Gillespie
Artist Contemporary Duke Ellington
Artist Contemporary Eric Dolphy
Artist Contemporary George Mraz (Bass)
Artist Contemporary George Russell
Artist Contemporary Gil Evans
Artist Contemporary Grover Washington, Jr.
Artist Contemporary Horace Silver
Artist Contemporary Jackie McLean
Artist Contemporary Jaki Byard
Artist Contemporary Jimmy Smith (Organ)
Artist Contemporary John Coltrane
Artist Contemporary Keith Jarrett
Artist Contemporary Mal Waldron
Artist Contemporary Max Roach
Artist Contemporary Miles Davis
Artist Contemporary Ornette Coleman
Artist Contemporary Paul Bley
Artist Contemporary Pepper Adams
Artist Contemporary Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Artist Contemporary Richard Davis (Bass)
Artist Contemporary Sonny Rollins
Artist Contemporary Sun Ra
Artist Contemporary The Modern Jazz Quartet
Artist Contemporary Thelonious Monk
Artist Contemporary Wes Montgomery
Artist Follower Anthony Braxton
Artist Follower Bobby Watson (Sax)
Artist Follower Carla Bley
Artist Follower Dave Holland (Bass)
Artist Follower Don Pullen
Artist Follower Donald Fagen
Artist Follower George Adams
Artist Follower George Mraz (Bass)
Artist Follower Henry Threadgill
Artist Follower Joni Mitchell
Artist Follower Mario Pavone
Artist Follower Mark Dresser
Artist Follower Mark Helias
Artist Follower Ray Drummond
Artist Follower Richard Davis (Bass)
Artist Follower Ronnie Cuber
Technical Info
Engineer Bob Sompson; Bob Simpson
CatalogID 174
Lable Name GRP (USA)
Released 11/07/1995
Original Release 1963
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 37m : 37s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00011105017428
Musical Guests
Charlie Mariano
Jaki Byard
Dannie Richmond
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Charles Mingus (acoustic bass, piano); Jerome Richardson (soprano & baritone saxophones, flute); Charlie Mariano (alto saxophone); Dick Hafer (tenor saxophone, flute); Rolf Ericson, Richard Williams (trumpet); Quentin Jackson (trombone); Don Butterfield (tuba); Jaki Byard (piano); Jay Berliner (acoustic guitar); Dannie Richmond (drums).
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded in New York on January 20, 1963. Includes liner notes by Charles Mingus and Dr. Edmund Pollock.
Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (MCA Music Media).
Personnel: Charles Mingus (piano); Jay Berliner (guitar); Jerome Richardson (flute, soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone); Dick Hafer (flute, tenor saxophone); Charlie Manano, Charlie Mariano (alto saxophone); Richard Gene Williams , Rolf Ericson (trumpet); Quentin Jackson (trombone); Don Butterfield (tuba); Jaki Byard (piano); Dannie Richmond (drums).
Liner Note Author: Charles Mingus.
Recording information: New York, NY (01/20/1963).
Photographers: Bob Ghiraldini; Joe Alper.
Like his idol Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus wrote ambitious, complex works using the jazz ensemble with the exactitude and tonal sensitivity of a classical composer, while keeping the rhythmic vibrancy and improvisational heart of jazz beating fiercely. THE BLACK SAINT AND THE SINNER LADY is the apotheosis of Mingus's vision as a composer, and stands so far beyond the mainstream jazz of the day--in scope and execution--that it deserves its own category. A six-part self-described ballet, the album is packed with themes, motifs, and a polyphony of instrumental voices that weave an expressionistic narrative of intricacy, force, and elegance.
The story of the album is undoubtedly one of struggle; the allegory suggested by the two figures of the title seems to include Mingus's personal demons as well as universal themes of love and identity. There are great shifts in feeling as the 11-piece group enacts tonal contrasts, rhythmic change-ups (often signaled by a lone flamenco guitar), and alternately dissonant and lyrical passages. It is said that Mingus himself considered THE BLACK SAINT his finest achievement. A great masterwork in jazz, it is an essential purchase for anyone interested in the possibilities of the genre.
Artist Overview
Charles Mingus poured the full weight of his experience into everything he played. He was a powerful virtuoso on bass, and as a composer he drew on the whole history of jazz to produce works of trenchant beauty. Above all, he was an artist whose uncompromising spirit invited both controversy and adulation. In the '40s and '50s he worked as bassist for everyone from Kid Ory and Louis Armstrong to Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk. Mingus began recording as a leader in the early '50s, and by the end of the decade he was at the peak of his powers as bandleader, arranger, and composer. He incorporated the influence of gospel, blues, and European classical composers into a big-band jazz format, crafting an innovative, completely unique sound. Mingus died of Lou Gehrig's Disease in 1978, but his mark on subsequent musical generations is indelible.
Professional Reviews
Q (2/96, p.109) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...a mixture of haunting bluesiness, dancing vivacity, and moments of Andalusian heat..."
Disc 1
1 Track A - Solo Dancer
2 Track B - Duet Solo Dancers
3 Track C - Group Dancers
4 Mode D - Trio and Group Dancers/Mode E - Single Solos and Group Dance: Mode D-Trio And Group Dancers: Stop! Look! And Sing Songs Of Revolutions / Mode E-Single Solos And Group Dance: Saint And Sinner Join In Merriment On Battle Front / Mode F-Group A

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