The Record Collection

Charles Mingus: The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady (1963)

Impusle! AS-35
IMPD-174 (1995)

The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady

Track list:

01 – Track A-Solo Dancer
02 – Track B-Duet Solo Dancers
03 – Track C-Group Dancers
04a – Mode D-Trio and Group Dancers
04b – Mode E-Single Solos and Group Dance
04c – Mode F-Group and Solo Dance


Rolf Ericson, Richard Williams – trumpets;
Quentin Jackson – trombone;
Don Butterfield – tuba, contrabass trombone;
Jerome Richardson – soprano and baritone saxes, flute;
Dick Hafer – tenor sax, flute;
Charlie Mariano – alto sax;
Jaki Byrd – piano;
Jay Berliner – guitar;
Charles Mingus – bass, piano
Dannie Richmond – drums

Recorded: New York City; January 20, 1963.

Original Sessions Producer: Bob Theile
Studio Engineer: Bob Simpson

Photography: Bob Ghiraldini
Cover design: Joe Lebow

Liner notes: Charles Mingus (Charles Fox), Dr. Edmund Pollock

The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady -notes (pdf 92.5KB)

Re-issue Producer: Michael Cuscuna

The album consists of a single continuous composition—partially written as a ballet—divided into four tracks and six movements.
Mingus has called the album’s orchestral style “ethnic folk-dance music”.

Mingus’s perfectionism led to extensive use of studio overdubbing techniques.

The album features liner notes written by Mingus and his then-psychotherapist, Dr. Edmund Pollock.

The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady is often characterized by jazz and music critics as one of Mingus’s two major masterworks (the other being Mingus Ah Um) and has frequently ranked highly on lists of the best albums of all time.
~wikipedia (Dec 2012)

Track subtitles:

1>Track A-Solo Dancer
Stop! Look! And Listen. Sinner Jim whitney
2>Track B-Duet Solo Dancers
Hearts’ Beat and Shades in Physical Embraces
3>Track C-Group Dancers
(Soul Fusion) Freewoman and Oh. This Freedom’s Slave Cries
4>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 & Solo Dance
Of Love, Pain and Passioned Revolt, then Farewell. My Beloved ’til It’s Freedom Day