Charles Mingus: Track A - Solo Dancer (Stop! Look! and Listen, Sinner Jim Whitney)


Track A - Solo Dancer (Stop! Look! And Listen, Sinner Jim Whitney)


Charles Mingus (bass, piano)


The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (Impulse IMPD-174)

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Charles Mingus (bass, piano), Rolf Ericson (trumpet), Quentin Jackson (trombone), Jerome Richardson (soprano and baritone saxophones, flute), Charlie Mariano (alto sax), Jaki Byard (piano), Dannie Richmond (drums),

Richard Williams (trumpet), Don Butterfield (tuba), Dick Hafer (tenor saxophone and flute), Jay Berliner (guitar)


Composed by Charles Mingus


Recorded: New York, January 20, 1963


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady is one of Charles Mingus’ true masterpieces, highlighting his incredible control as an arranger and his abilities as a brilliant, innovative composer. The album begins with "Solo Dancer," a march-like figure that eventually erupts into aswinging, volcanic triple-feel led by saxophonist Jerome Richardson.

Richardson's playing draws from the elements of bop, soul, and traditional blues that characterize Mingus' work so well. As Richardson gets intense, so does the chart, and, underneath, horn players Rolf Ericson, Richard Williams, Quentin Jackson, and Don Butterfield provide abrasive sonic landscapes that are a wise match for the bandleader's quirky compositional style.

Reviewer: Greg Marchand


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