#3470: New Music Based on Gospel, Spirituals & Folk Hymns

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Listen to works inspired by gospel, early folk hymns, spirituals, and shape note singing on this New Sounds program.  There's an intense and shimmering setting by drummer Jaimeo Brown of the gospel hymn “Everything is Moving by the Power of God," which incorporates samples from the rural Alabama gospel group the Gee’s Bend Quilters from their 1941 and 2002 recordings.  On drums, Brown builds and highlights the ecstatic melody of the gospel group by way of crashy and tasteful washes of cymbals.  Then, as the sampled voices fade away, that build gradually gives way to pianist Geri Allen’s inspired and passionate improvisation on the melody of the tune.

Then, from Sam Amidon and his latest record, "Bright Sunny South," hear the tune "Weeping Mary," which Sam's parents had recorded with the shape-note singing group, the Word of Mouth Chorus, in 1977. Also, listen to a sublime arrangement of the spirituals for the early music a cappella group Anonymous 4. Plus, we'll hear from William Duckworth, the Wayfaring Strangers, the soundtrack to “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?” and more.

PROGRAM #3470, New Music Drawn from Gospel, Hymns, Spirituals & Shape-Note songs  
(First aired on 5/20/2013)                                                              





Various: James Carter & The Prisoners

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Po’ Lazarus [:45]

Mercury# 088 170-069
Available for purchase at Amazon.com

Jaimeo Brown, w/ Geri Allen


Power of God [7:04]

Motéma Music 233715

Last Forever

Trainfare Home

What Are They Doing In Heaven Today [1:19]

Nonesuch #79604
Out of print.  Try Amazon.com

Colin Stetson, w/ Justin Vernon

New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light

What Are They Doing In Heaven Today [3:36]

Constellation Records CST 092

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic w/ Oral Moses

Extreme Spirituals

O Freedom [4:42]

Cuneiform #241 www.cuneiformrecords.com

Members of the Brooklyn Phil; Alan Pierson conductor/ Brooklyn Youth Chorus (Dianne Berkun, dir.)/ Melissa Hughes, soprano

NS Live, 10/12/2011, @ World Financial Center’s Winter Garden

David T. Little: “Am I born” [7:00]

This performances not commercially available.
Info about BYC here: www.brooklynyouthchorus.org 

David T. Little: davidtlittle.com

Sam Amidon

Bright Sunny South

Weeping Mary [3:17]

Nonesuch 530858

The Gregg Smith Singers, chorus; assisted by The Rooke Chapel Choir of Bucknell University

Southern Harmony

William Duckworth: Leander [2:49]
Hebrew Children [3:30]
Sardina [3:39]

Lovely #2033

Anonymous 4

American Angels

Angel Band (My latest sun is sinking fast) [3:10]
New Britain (Amazing grace, how sweet the sound) [3:09]

Harmonia Mundi # 689295