My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: “The Black Saint…” was recorded and released in 1963. The album was written as a six-part ballet and is considered one of the best avant-garde jazz albums of all time.
What I Thought: The ultimate downfall of this album for me is that when listening to a band I usually like the musicians to be playing the same song. That being said, some of the individual players were really interesting. I enjoyed much of the piano, some very cool horn parts and very powerful drum parts. There is also some interesting use of flamenco guitars and Middle Eastern music in places (Mostly in Medley: Mode D and Mode E, which at 18 and a 1/2 minutes has the potential to be the longest track of any of these 1001 albums. Ultimately, this is just to crazy and eccentric for me and it did not surprise me to find out Mingus was a tortured soul (the music definitely screams emotional disturbance though so maybe he accomplishes his goal with the album).
Rating (Out of 5): 1.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5):5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (33/42)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 79%