Black Saint & the Sinner Lady
(2-LP set) (45-RPM) 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. 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.