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Charles Mingus The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady 2LP 45rpm 180g Vinyl Analogue Productions QRP USA

Charles Mingus The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady 2LP 45rpm 180g Vinyl Analogue Productions QRP USA Maximize
Artist: Charles Mingus
Title: The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady
Catalog Number: AIPJ 35
Label: Impulse!
Reissued by: Analogue Productions
Barcode: 753088003578
Original release year: 1963
Reissue year: 2011
Number of discs: 2
Revolutions per minute: 45 rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Limited Edition: Yes
Total Item Weight: 794gr
Pressing country: USA
For Market Release in: USA
Added to catalog on: October 24, 2015
Collection: Analogue Productions Impulse! Series
Note: Never eligible for any further discounts
Vinyl Gourmet Club: Yes


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In January of 1963, bassist and composer Charles Mingus recorded a very personal and socially conscious work he titled The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady. Each composition, from the opening 'Solo Dancer' to the closing 'Group and Solo Dance' was a musical expression of Mingus' philosophy of life, love and the world around him. This impressive musical journey has become a landmark event.



  • Limited Edition
  • Double LP 45rpm on 180 Gram Vinyl
  • Pressed at QRP in the USA
  • Deluxe Gatefold Cover
  • All Analog Audiophile Mastering
  • Cut by Kevin Gray at AcousTech



The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady, Charles Mingus’ Impulse! debut, is awarded the rare, prestigious “crown” rating in the normally stingy Penguin Guide to Jazz, which deems the 1963 masterpiece “Ellingtonian in ambition and scope, and in the disposition of horns, the piece has a majestic, dancing presence.” Add in long-form compositional devices, pioneering dubbing techniques, social themes, and intense timbres, and you have music of the very highest order.

Indeed, each composition, from the opening "Solo Dancer" to the closing "Group and Solo Dance" stands as a musical expression of Mingus' philosophy of life, love and the world around him. For Mingus and the musicians that joined him (Charlie Mariano, alto saxophone; Jaki Byard, piano; Jay Berliner, guitar; Don Butterfield, tuba; Dick Hafer, tenor saxophone and flute; Quentin Jackson, trombone) The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady was much more than just another album: it was a jazz ballet performed by a small ensemble. It has become a landmark event.

Rendering all previous editions, analog and digital, lesser by comparison, Analogue Productions' extraordinary 45RPM version boasts sonics that will have you convinced Mingus and his compadres are playing in your room. You won't believe how amazing this sounds until you hear it! Mastered from the original tapes, pressed at RTI, and limited to 2500 units.



"The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady is one of the greatest achievements in orchestration by any composer in jazz history. Charles Mingus consciously designed the six-part ballet as his magnum opus, and - implied in his famous inclusion of liner notes by his psychologist - it's as much an examination of his own tortured psyche as it is a conceptual piece about love and struggle. It veers between so many emotions that it defies easy encapsulation; for that matter, it can be difficult just to assimilate in the first place. Yet the work soon reveals itself as a masterpiece of rich, multi-layered texture and swirling tonal colors, manipulated with a painter's attention to detail. There are a few stylistic reference points - Ellington, the contemporary avant-garde, several flamenco guitar breaks - but the totality is quite unlike what came before it. Mingus relies heavily on the timbral contrasts between expressively vocal-like muted brass, a rumbling mass of low voices (including tuba and baritone sax), and achingly lyrical upper woodwinds, highlighted by altoist Charlie Mariano. Within that framework, Mingus plays shifting rhythms, moaning dissonances, and multiple lines off one another in the most complex, interlaced fashion he'd ever attempted. Mingus was sometimes pigeonholed as a firebrand, but the personal exorcism of Black Saint deserves the reputation - one needn't be able to follow the story line to hear the suffering, mourning, frustration, and caged fury pouring out of the music. The 11-piece group rehearsed the original score during a Village Vanguard engagement, where Mingus allowed the players to mold the music further; in the studio, however, his exacting perfectionism made The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady the first jazz album to rely on overdubbing technology. The result is one of the high-water marks for avant-garde jazz in the '60s and arguably Mingus' most brilliant moment." ~ Steve Huey, All Music




Charlie Mingus, bass
Charlie Mariano, alto saxophone
Jake Byard, piano
Jay Berliner, guitar
Don Butterfield, tuba
Dick Hafer, tenor saxophone, flute
Quentin Jackson, trombone



Track Listing:

Solo Dancer (Stop! And Listen, Sinner Jim Whitney!)
Duet Solo Dancers (Heart's Beat And Shades In Physical Embraces)
Group Dancers ([Soul Fusion] Freewoman And Oh This Freedom's Slave Cries)
Trio And Group Dancers (Stop! Look! And Sing Songs Of Revolutions!)     
Single Solos And Group Dance (Saint And Sinner Join In Merriment On Battle Front)     
Group And Solo Dance (Of Love, Pain, And Passioned Revolt, Then Farewell, My Beloved, 'til It's Freedom Day)


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