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Episode #2625

Extreme Spirituals

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

There's gospel singing in a new music context on this edition of New Sounds. Hear some extreme spirituals - rearranged, well known African-American spirituals and 19th century art songs - from the Boston-based chamber rock band Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, in collaboration with Oral Moses. The resulting music is an unorthodox but deeply moving blend of Birdsongs' punk-proggy art rock instrumentation together with the strong and majestic voice of Oral Moses. We'll also listen to the intersection of Jewish music and Black spirituals from the Klezmatics release, "Brother Moses Smote the Water," a team effort with African-American gospel singer Joshua Nelson. Hear age-old Hebrew Passover songs, Nelson’s own brand of “kosher gospel,” and traditional Yiddish Klezmatic anthems, some featuring jazz singer/organist Kathryn Farmer. Plus, music by Bob Telson, Joel Chadabe, and others.

PROGRAM # 2625, Extreme Gospel (First aired on 1/5/07)

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Uri Caine

The Goldberg Variations

Blessings variations [1:30]

Winter & Winter #910054 www.winterandwinter.com

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic w/ Oral Moses

Extreme Spirituals

I'm A Rollin' [5:30]

Cuneiform #241 www.cuneiformrecords.com *

Klezmatics w/Joshua Nelson

Brother Moses Smote the Water

Elijah Rock [9:00]

Piranha #1896 www.piranha.de

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic w/ Oral Moses

Extreme Spirituals

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot [4:00]

See above.

Bob Telson

The Gospel At Colonus

A Voices Foretold [6:30] Now Let The Weeping Cease [3:00]

Nonesuch #79191 www.nonesuch.com*

Uri Caine

The Goldberg Variations

The Nobody Knows Variation [4:00]

See above.

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic w/ Oral Moses

Extreme Spirituals

A Little More Faith In Jesus [5:30] Oh Freedom [4:30]

See above.

Joel Chadabe

Settings for Spirituals

A City Called Heaven [2:00]

Lovely Music #1302 www.lovely.com

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