The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady is a studio album by American jazz musician Charles Mingus, released on Impulse! Records in 1963. The album consists of a single continuous composition—partially written as a ballet—divided into four tracks and six movements.
The album was recorded on January 20, 1963 by an eleven-piece band made up of Mingus (double bass, piano), Jerome Richardson (soprano and baritone saxophone, flute), Charlie Mariano (alto saxophone), Dick Hafer (tenor saxophone, flute), Rolf Ericson (trumpet), Richard Williams (trumpet), Quentin Jackson (trombone), Don Butterfield (tuba, contrabass trombone), Jaki Byard (piano), Jay Berliner (acoustic guitar) and Dannie Richmond (drums). Bob Thiele served as producer and Bob Simpson as studio engineer.
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 numerous lists over the best albums of all time. Piero Scaruffi ranked it as the greatest jazz album of all time. Richard Cook and Brian Morton, writers of The Penguin Guide to Jazz, awarded the album a "Crown" token, the publication's highest accolade, in addition to the highest four-star rating. Steve Huey of allmusic awarded The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady five stars out of five and described the album as "one of the greatest achievements in orchestration by any composer in jazz history." As of November 2010, the album is ranked #15 on RateYourMusic's "Top Albums of All-time" list.
- "Ничего более по-настоящему личного в музыке я не встречал. Может по-этому она оказывает такое потрясающее воздействие. Не могу этот альбом часто слушать, слишком сильно. Но уж зато когда слушаю - это всё, целый мир звуков, эмоций, переживаний. Поистине, одно из величайших произведений человеческого гения." (by неизвестный коментатор на musicmp3.spb.ru)
"Пронизывает и переворачивает вновь и вновь." (by Пьяный Корабль на musicmp3.spb.ru)
All songs written and composed by Charles Mingus. All songs have subtitles. The fourth track (side two on the original vinyl release) consists of three movements with individual titles and subtitles. The track lengths listed on the album sleeve are incorrect; the times listed below are the actual track lengths.
|1.||"Track A – Solo Dancer"||"Stop! Look! And Listen, Sinner Jim Whitney!"||6:39|
|2.||"Track B – Duet Solo Dancers"||"Hearts' Beat and Shades in Physical Embraces"||6:45|
|3.||"Track C – Group Dancers"||"(Soul Fusion) Freewoman and Oh, This Freedom's Slave Cries"||7:22|
|4.||"Mode D – Trio and Group Dancers"
"Mode E – Single Solos and Group Dance"
"Mode F – Group and Solo Dance"
|"Stop! Look! And Sing Songs of Revolutions!"
"Saint and Sinner Join in Merriment on Battle Front"
"Of Love, Pain, and Passioned Revolt, then Farewell, My Beloved, 'til It's Freedom Day"
- Charles Mingus – bass, piano, composer
- Jerome Richardson – soprano and baritone saxophone, flute
- Charlie Mariano – alto saxophone
- Dick Hafer – tenor saxophone, flute
- Rolf Ericson – trumpet
- Richard Williams – trumpet
- Quentin Jackson – trombone
- Don Butterfield – tuba, contrabass trombone
- Jaki Byard – piano
- Jay Berliner – acoustic guitar
- Dannie Richmond – drums