Monthly Archives: April 2014

An Easter Treat: Complete Performance of Abyssinian Mass: A Gospel Celebration

Damien Sneed co-presented, in conjunction with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, a series of YouTube videos featuring the historic Abyssinian Mass: A Gospel Celebration. Enjoy the entire two-hour performance of Wynton Marsalis’s sacred work here, from the Frederick P. Rose Theater in New York City, Thursday evening, October 24, 2014. Blessed Easter, everyone! :

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J. M. Cruver – Don’t Give Up

J. M. Cruver Don’t Give Up Sharp Records (2014) www.amazon.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog All James Michael Cruver wants to do is sing a church song.  He sings six, as a matter of fact, on his new Sharp Records EP, Don’t Give Up. Originally from Newnan, Georgia, where he is primary musician at Resurrection Baptist Church, Cruver plays piano, organ, and bass guitar.  He writes music—all the songs on Don’t Give Up are from his pen—and can arrange and produce, as well. His singing is what is most striking.  He appears to have two voices: a ...

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“A Little Longer” – Nancey Jackson Johnson

“A Little Longer” Nancey Jackson Johnson From the Camdon CD The Heart of Nancey Jackson Johnson(2014) I have been enamored of Nancey Jackson Johnson’s voice and dramatic take on a song ever since hearing her sing “Lead Me to the Rock” on Rev. Stef & Jubilation’s 2006 The Launch Out Project.  Since then, Nancey has recorded with Donnie McClurkin and Judith Christie McAllister, and now she is on her own. “A Little Longer” is a prayer/soliloquy of thanksgiving.  Its recitative enables Nancey to explore a range of emotions, from simple beseeching to heart-wrenching intensity.  When she sings God’s response, it’s ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: April 15, 2014

“Whatever I Expect” Bishop Larry Trotter & Sweet Holy Spirit Combined Choirs From the Utopia Music Group album Praise Revisited (2013) “Trials and tribulations, we have overcome,” sings the choir, in response to Bishop Larry Trotter’s reminder that if you “expect little, you’re going to get little.  But if you expect great, you’re gonna get great.”  The churchy Chicago style is in full force as the choir members sing of their overcoming and achieving the great—from the frenetic praise-break tempo to the throaty vocals of the chorus and praise team leader (and now First Lady) Mildred Trotter’s raw and unbridled ...

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James “Wonder Boy” Smith, Quartet Singer, Dies

Quartetter James Smith, the “Wonder Boy” who sang with Rev. Richard Campbell in the 1950s, died April 10, 2014, in Waterloo, South Carolina. Smith was also a member of the Golden Stars, lead singer with the Southern Wonders, and sang with the Gospel lmperials. Read the obituary here: James Smith Thanks to John Glassburner for informing TBGB of  Bro. Smith’s passing.

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Chicago a cappella’s “Birth of Gospel” educates, entertains

“The Birth of Gospel” Chicago a cappella Saturday, April 12, 2014 Nichols Concert Hall, Evanston, Illinois By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog The historic Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston was packed to the rafters to hear Chicago a cappella perform “The Birth of Gospel” yesterday evening. The mostly Caucasian crowd didn’t need the ghost of Mahalia Jackson to teach them how to clap on the gospel beat.  They did just fine whenever the eight-member ensemble—four men and four women—delivered a hand-clapper selection in its two-hour program of songs ranging from spirituals and lining hymns to traditional and contemporary ...

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Palm Sunday Special – A Musical Journey Through Chicago’s Historic Churches

Enjoy this one-hour episode of Gospel Memories, which features vintage moments from some of Chicago’s African American church choirs.  It’s Part II of our “Musical Journey Through Chicago’s Historic Churches.” For the playlist, visit www.gospelmemories.com and click on Playlist and Previews. http://gospelmemories.podomatic.com/entry/2014-04-12T14_26_29-07_00

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