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epic jazz masterpiece,
This review is from: The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (Audio CD)
Anyone who has enjoyed Mingus's shorter compositions and arrangements from earlier landmark LPs, for example 'Ah Um' and 'Dynasty' will absolutely love this, as 'The Black Saint...' contains all of Mingus's trademark compositional techniques from those albums and much (much) more - Charles Mariano's fervent alto sax solos, the typical Mingus style slow build-up accelerating to fantastic climaxes, the Ellington-inspired orchestrations (with unusual instrumental combinations and stylistic clashes - an example being the allusions to flamenco guitar). The sheer density (both in texture and stylistic layering) have sometimes led to criticism of this album, but for me, this is what makes it so richly rewarding. This is some of the most passionate music you will ever hear.