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. To the legendary bassist, this recording was so personal that he asked his friend, clinical psychologist Dr. Pollack, to review the music. Seemingly an inappropriate music critics, but as Dr. Pollack stated in the original liner notes: "Psychologists interpret behavior... why not apply this skill to music." Dr. Pollack did just that, interpreting the Mingus message inherent in his music -- music that speaks of the artists' yearning for love, peace and freedom. For Charlie Mingus and the musicians that joined him -- Charlie Mariano, alto saxophone; Jake Byard, piano; Jay Berliner, guitar; Don Butterfield, tuba; Dick Hafer, tenor saxophone and flute; Quentin Jackson, trombone -- The Black Saint & 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.
|1. Solo Dancer (Stop! And Listen, Sinner Jim Whitney!)|
|2. Duet Solo Dancers (Heart’s Beat And Shades In Physical Embrace)|
|3. Group Dancers (Soul Fusion. Freewoman And Of This Freedom’s Slave Cries)|
|4. Trio And Group Dance (Saint And Sinner Join In Merriment On Bottle Front)|
|5. Single Solos And Group Dance (Saint And Sinner Join in Merriment on Battle Front)|
|6. Group And Solo Dance (Of Love, Pain, And Passioned Revolt, Then Farewell, My Beloved, ‘til It’s Freedom Day)|