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Loved the review. Well writen, as always, with really great observations. Though I just want to point out that overdubbing had been done before, even more extensively than Mingus would ever do. Lennie Tristano had begun doing this as early as 1951 - though it was still very much controversial, since it "sucked the soul out of jazz". Listen to his self-named 1955 album, and you'll hear a lot more studio techniques than on Black Saint.
Hey George, wonderful review as always (this album is one of my favorites). Your colorful writing, open-mindedness, and critical analysis skills have been a major inspiration to me, and this Important Album series is pretty much my favorite thing on the internet right now. Thanks for having such a fresh voice on such well-trodden ground.
A great masterwork in jazz, it is said that Charles Mingus himself considered The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady to be his finest achievement. No more, no less.