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  • Vinyl (2 Jun. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Impulse
  • ASIN: B000063IZF
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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So much has been written about this piece.
I find it difficult listening.
It's noisey, challenging, and sometimes the motifs and themes seem underdeveloped and repetitive, but these are the mechanisms he used to create the spiritual, hypnotic, Ellingtonian acid trip.
The quieter moments are beautiful, and the textures he creates at times are just brilliant.
He was quite something.
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This is a superb pressing in beautiful packaging. The album itself is of course also absolutely monumental. A towering classic of Jazz composition, and this is the way it's meant to be heard.
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Stunning.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 83 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Mingus' Best Work... 20 Mar. 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
...but by no means his most accessible. If you are new to Mingus, do not start with this one. Go for Mingus Ah Um, then Pithecanthropus Erectus or Mingus at Antibes. THEN immerse yourself in The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. By then, you will be familiar with the whole cast of characters and Mingus' revolutionary approach to musical composition. Jaki Byard's piano will sweep you away. Charlie Mariano's saxophone will leave wondering about might have beens. Dannie Richmond's skins will leave you in awe. And all of them playing together will leave you with an overriding sense of how Mingus cultivates genius in those around him. There is vast musical freedom, yet remarkable structure throughout. Robert Frost was once asked why he never wrote in free verse; he responded that he didn't feel like playing tennis with the net down. I think of Charles Mingus the same way; you often think that the music will degenerate into chaos, but it never happens (well, at least not unplanned chaos). One of the top five jazz albums ever made.
48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get This One Into Your Soul! 5 May 2001
By M. Allen Greenbaum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Regarded by "The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD" as "Mingus' masterpiece," this can be a challenging CD. The compositions are titled as dance pieces, and I'd love to see the album performed that way. The album is of one piece; its separation into six tracks is somewhat artificial. (Indeed, some tracks blend together without discernable separation). The opener, "Solo Dancer" features passages with soaring Coltrane-like abstraction over the usual Mingus abstract intensity mixed with lush quiet beauty. It's a brooding piece with a terrific baritone sax leading the noire way over Mingus' moving bass lines, moving to a very full arrangement and then back to the sax. Overall, it reminded me of a little of Ellington/Strayhorn effects on Chelsea Bridge.
"Duet Solo Dancers" is, again, very Ellington, and the 11 pieces in the Mingus band are so big, varied, and so "present," that it sounds more like an orchestra. Absolutely superb recording. Mingus manages, as always, to fit abstract and free-sounding expression within a swinging, coherent structure. It's an almost dizzying piece and (like the rest of the CD) an organic extension of went before.
"Group Dancers" is one of the most beautiful pieces here, with a piano-led motif that leads easily to visuals of dancers. Mingus lays back, and lets Jackie Byard' piano and Jerome Richardson and Dick Hafer's flutes tell the story. About midway through, the composition picks up some flamenco touches from guitarist Jay Berliner, then the horns (Dick Hafer, Charles Mariano, Jerome Richardson on sax, Quentin Jackson on trombone, Don Butterfield on tuba) sing out before revisiting the main theme (with dazzling work by Mingus ). "Group Dancers" leads seamlessly to Tracks 4-6 (there's no break) which emphasize the Flamenco accents even more. Just about perfect! Anyone who thinks Miles Davis' "Sketches of Spain" is THE word on classical/jazz confluence (or on "Spanish" interpolations) has got to hear this album (a much superior work, in my opinion). My only complaint is some redundancy: A few minutes might have been cut from Tracks 4-6 without losing much.
Again, one of his most organic and original efforts, this belongs in just about every jazz library (well, along with "Ah Um" and "Oh Yeah" and a few other personal favorites). It may take a couple of listenings to fully appreciate it, but it is both raucous and sublime.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of all time 25 Jan. 2000
By aegoliusfunereus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Charles Mingus had always incorporated elements of modern avante-garde composition into his bop-esque and free-jazz/avant garde work while holding himself firmly within the jazz idiom. Here, he cast aside all the restrictions of both genres and meshed the two into an unbelievably complex, and yet emotionally and musically stunning magnum opus. Unlike Mingus' previous albums, rather than being merely a showcase for different tunes which may have had little to do with eachother melodically and structurally, this cd comprises the six movements of a symphony, and the music and ideas flow into eachother seamlessly. My favorite moment comes during the third track, "Group Dancers" when, after Mingus hints at an amazing melodic figure on the piano, the full ensemble plays it in all its glory. Anyone who loves music is missing something if he or she has never heard this milestone of melodic ingenuity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Mingus' best work. 17 Aug. 2005
By Michael Stack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Heralded by many as Charles Mingus' masterwork, "Black Saint and the Sinner Lady" stands as one of his most powerful and difficult compositions. Recorded during his brief tenure on Impulse! (1963, during which Mingus turned out three of his best works), "Black Saint and the Sinner Lady" is a suite for a ballet, perhaps a representation of the tortured psyche of the composer. It is dark, haunting, and probably the most difficult work Mingus has ever done-- drawing as much from contemporary classical and the avant-garde (in both classical and jazz) as it does from jazz tradition (a healthy dose of Ellington, certainly) with an overt flamenco influence, the album sounds quite like nothing else Mingus has done-- the gospel shout sound, so prevelent in his music, is largely gone, and yet the album is uniquely and qualifiably Mingus.

Assembling an eleven piece band-- four brass (Rolf Ericson and Richard Williams on trumpet, Quentin Jackson on trombone and DOn Butterfield on tuba), three reeds (Jerome Richardson on soprano and baritone sax and flute, Dick Hafer on tenor sax and flute and Charles Mariano on alto sax) and rhythm (Jaki Byard on piano, Jay Berliner on guitar, Mingus on bass and occasionally piano, and Dannie Richmond on drums), Mingus composes in shifting moods-- delicate reeds offsetting grunting low brass, piano interludes, blues, Baroque imagery, and at times almost Cecil Taylorish arrangements. And through this, he somehow synthasizes a sound of his own, sympathetically performed by the band, in particular with Mariano really full of passion and energy. His cries and wails on "Track A" and "Track C" are nothing short of astounding (similarly, Mingus' piano intro to "Track C" is equally astonishing). But really, great performances are turned out throughout.

The album's liner notes contain an extensive and nonsensical essay from Mingus and a brief one from his psychologist (!).

In all, a superb effort. Not a good place to start with Mingus, unless you come from a rather avant-garde background, but definitely a superb album, highly recommended.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars are not enough 28 May 2003
By Jeff "Lewis" Steverson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are a fan of jazz, real jazz, and you have not heard this album, slap yourself now. If you are a fan of brilliant music and you have not heard this album, slap yourself and then slap the person next to you for not telling you to listen. This is the most amazing jazz album in the history of mankind. Period.
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