Charles Mingus – The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

I probably do not understand the greatness of this album as maybe a jazz musician does, it’s technicality and virtuosity is profound im sure. But as a casual listener of jazz i can inform the zealous listener that this record may be my favourite jazz record i have encountered in my short life thus far.

It is rather cacophonous, so much so that the music ranges from insanity and unfathomable clashes of sound to sincere and heartfelt beauty. Mingus’ composition of the 11 instrument strong ensemble is breathtaking to say the least, with inspired sax solos, delicate percussion and his very own smooth double bass contributions. What i really enjoy about the album however is the piano, flute and classical guitar that underly all the chaos of the aforementioned instruments. The piano recalls visions of classy jazz venues while, and this is what  i most enjoy about the record, the flute adds a passion and mysteriousness to the whole picture. Not to forget the beautiful classical guitar that is unleashed entirely in solo form in the third and fourth installments. Brilliant.

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2 Responses to “Charles Mingus – The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady”
  1. Chris says:

    In my opinion, this edges out ‘A Love Supreme’ as the best jazz album. The sheer density of his arrangement is quite amazing.

    • Alex says:

      I’d have to agree, i certainly enjoyed this more than A Love Supreme (though i take nothing away from Coltrane for the great work that it is). Mingus just seems to be exploring another realm of jazz on this record.

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