Untitled digital photograph, 2008 (edited and treated, 2011)

Track A – Solo Dancer is the first track on Charles Mingus’ 1963 album The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. The album is beautifully recorded, and for me strongly evocative of  the sixties, the night and the city. It’s generally considered to be a masterpiece of jazz orchestration. It’s quite unlike any other music (I mean it’s jazz,but it has the attack of rock and the seriousness of classical whilst having a light enough touch that you could dance to it), and pulls off the neat trick of being alien and familiar at the same time. I’m not going to point you in the direction of a video or a download, because I think the album should be heard on a disc – CD or vinyl – it deserves the ritual of being “put on”.

The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (Impulse! IMP 11742)