Gospel Music

CD Review: Isaiah Owens – You Without Sin Cast the First Stone (CaseQuarter CD CASE102, 2004)

In much the same way as did Moe Asch of Folkways and Orrin Keepnews of Riverside Records, Kevin Nutt is traveling the road less taken with his CaseQuarters imprint. CaseQuarter’s first CD release – God’s Got It, a reissue of the impossible-to-find Booker and Jackson 45s by Reverend Charlie Jackson – was a superb debut, with equally impressive liner notes. Nutt, host of the vintage gospel music radio program Sinner’s Crossroads on WFMU, has followed up the Jackson CD with the work of guitarist/vocalist Isaiah Owens: You Without Sin Cast the First Stone. If we didn’t know that Owens was ...

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PBS “Independent Lens”: Let the Church Say Amen

An early notice from TBGB that PBS affiliates will be broadcasting Let the Church Say Amen, a documentary on storefront churches throughout the U.S. There promises to be some good gospel music in this documentary, so check the website below to find out when the show is airing in your community. Happy Easter, everyone! Let the Church Say Amen Website

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CD Review – Charlene Moore: As You Are I Must Be

As You Are I Must BeCharlene MooreCommitted Records CR101CD2001 Having recently complimented Charlene Moore on her inspired keyboard work for Gene Viale’s new project, A Light to This World, little did I know that this minister’s daughter from the Bay Area was also a gifted vocalist. Sure enough, her project As You Are I Must Be demonstrates that Moore is all about singing. Her soulful alto voice decorates songs that feature memorable, radio-friendly melodies and well-crafted arrangements. The CD’s production and mixing admirably spotlight all of the voices on the project without minimizing the instrumental backdrop. For my money, the ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: March 20, 2005

“I Know the Lord Will Make a Way” Pastor Alyn E. Wallerfrom CD With His Permission www.alynwallerministries.com From the City of Brotherly Love and Germantown’s Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church comes the young Pastor Alyn E. Waller, who wraps his formidable vocal chops around Roberta Martin Singer Eugene Smith’s quintessential gospel blues, “I Know the Lord Will Make a Way.” Ably assisted by a female ensemble and top-notch instrumentation, Pastor Waller delivers Smith’s composition with a raw intensity that will appeal to fans of contemporary/urban gospel music and the classic sound alike. This is gospel blues that will make you shout, ...

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Herbert Williams, Cosmopolitan “Warriors” Soloist

Another soldier’s gone on home. This report is from Elder Mack Mason: March 13, 2005 CHICAGO, IL – It was announced today on several churchradio broadcasts that Herbert Williams, former vocalist with theCosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir, has passed away. Services for Mr. Williams will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2005 atThe Progressive Community Church located at 48th & Wabash in Chicago, ILwhere Rev. B. Herbert Martin is Pastor and Nash Shaffer is Minister ofMusic. For nearly 30 years, Herbert Williams was the most popular male leadsinger for Dr. Charles Hayes’ Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir,appearing weekly on the ...

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Legendary Blind Boys of Alabama vocalist George Scott dies at 75

This sad news comes courtesy of Elder Mack Mason and the text is from a press release on www.blindboys.com. The Black Gospel Blog extends its sincerest and most profound condolences to Mr. Scott’s family and friends. * * * George Scott, a founding member of the Blind Boys of Alabama gospel group, died in his sleep Wednesday morning, March 9, 2005 at his home in Durham, NC. He was 75. As you can imagine, this is a sad time for all of his friends, family, and bandmates. In fact, it is also a devastating time for his loyal fans, who ...

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Essential Gospel – Classic Recordings: No. 124

“Angels, Angels, Angels!” Edna Gallmon Cooke with the Mt. Vernon Men’s ChorusDeLuxe1949 Another DeLuxe classic, one catalog number away from TBGB’s No. 123 “Essential Gospel” feature by the Spirit of Memphis Quartet. God must have been smiling particularly warmly on Linden, New Jersey’s DeLuxe Records in the spring of 1949. Before the “Sweetheart of the Potomac” was waxing her classic sermonettes for Nashboro, before she was collaborating with the Radio Four, even before she was singing with the Young People’s Choir of the Springfield Baptist Church and making records for Dave Miller’s Gospel Records, Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke collaborated with ...

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Former Cleveland Singer issues new CD

A Light to this World – Gene Viale3rd Generation Records 3GRCD-245-01www.geneviale.net2005 Forty-one years ago, Gene Viale, a handsome seventeen year-old San Franciscan of Puerto Rican-American descent, was invited to join Rev. James Cleveland’s talented Cleveland Singers. Viale traveled with the group when singing the gospel “together” was a dangerous thing, especially in the Jim Crow South. He sang tenor on the Cleveland Singers’ Savoy LP Heaven That Will Be Good Enough for Me and later recorded solo LPs for Checker Records (1968) and Camella Records (1976 & 1984), as well as a single for Atco (1972). On his latest release, ...

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Hit of the Week: “I’m Not Tired Yet” – Mississippi Mass Choir

TBGB’s Hit Pick of the Week for March 6, 2005: “I’m Not Tired Yet” – Mississippi Mass Choir Plenty is being written in the trades on the Mississippi Mass Choir’s latest project, Not by Might Nor by Power, and every word of the praise is well deserved. Of particular note is the ensemble’s rendering of “I’m Not Tired Yet,” a rousing, energetic gospel song that is deserving of radio rotation. This is call and response, lively, pulse-pounding gospel music the way Thomas A. Dorsey intended it to be. Three cheers for Mississippi Mass!

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Presiding Bishop of COGIC Singing in the Old Time Way

Bishop G.E. Patterson, Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ who was elected to a second term this past November, has given everyone who loves traditional gospel music a beautiful gift: Bishop G.E. Patterson & Congregation Singing The Old Time Way. This is a wonderful, wonderful project, a COGIC Greatest Hits. Recorded live in Memphis, Tennessee — COGIC world headquarters — the two-disc package presents more than 40 classic gospel songs and hymns sung, as many gospel artists like to say, “the way they used to be sung in our church back home.” The energetic, passionate singing by ...

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