Reissued 2018, originally released 1963
Bassist/composer Charles Mingus is one of the most radical figures in American music. This album broke new ground in both genre-defying composition and innovative recording techniques. A six-part suite with dramatic shifts in mood and tempo, the Black Saint and the Sinner Lady features the three-way brass dialogue of trumpets, trombone and tuba, swooping reeds and awe-inspiring rhythm section. Balancing delicate Spanish modes and Ellington like themes, the ensemble breaks into a divine cacophony of group improvisation on par with free jazz giants like Ornette Coleman or Cecil Taylor. In his best-known essay, "Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung," Lester Bangs praises, "the experience of the first few listening's to a record so total, so mind-twisting, that you authentically can say you'll never be quite the same again. Black Saint and the Sinner Lady did that, and a very few others. They're events you remember all your life, like your first real orgasm." This long out-of-print vinyl release has been carefully remastered from the original master tapes.
- Solo Dancer (Stop Look and Listen, Sinner Jim Whitney)
- Duet Solo Dancers (Hearts' 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)