Greg Ward Interviewed

The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

Source: Burning Ambulance interviews Ward about his new Mingus-inspired recording.

Alto saxophonist Greg Ward‘s new album, out this week, is his first in five years. Touch My Beloved’s Thought, credited to Greg Ward & 10 Tongues, is an interpretation of Charles Mingus‘s 1963 album The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. But rather than simply re-record the music, Ward and the rest of the group (tenor saxophonist Tim Haldeman, tenor and baritone saxophonist Keefe Jackson, cornetist Ben LaMarGay, trumpeter Russ Johnson, trombonist Norman Palm, bass trombonist Christopher Davis, pianist Dennis Luxion, bassist Jason Roebke, and drummer Marcus Evans) take fragments of Mingus’s epic composition and use them as jumping-off points. Some of the bits are major themes on Black Saint, and will be immediately recognizable to fans; others are smaller, and require Ward and company to head into territory all their own.