JGM Pick of the Week: September 14, 2020

“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”
Dr. Henry Jackson
From the Hawke Music CD Good to Me (release date: July 24, 2019)

By Bob Marovich

It’s great to hear new recordings from Dr. Henry Jackson, an alumnus of the Los Angeles Community Choir and Cleveland Singers, as well as a group leader, soloist and songwriter in his own right.

From his 2019 album Good to Me, Jackson gives Thomas A. Dorsey’s “Precious Lord” a more optimistic bounce while maintaining the dignity of the composition.

Over the course of a few key changes and nearly seven minutes, Jackson and a group of female background singers let loose with soulful vocal motifs, blue notes, animated fills, and vamps on the lyrics. An edit for time would give this selection radio potential.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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