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Gratitude – Calvin Earl (Back to Basics Records 2004)

GratitudeCalvin EarlBack to Basics Records 2004www.calvinearl.com Following in the footsteps of artists such as Ella Jenkins and Odetta, who performed African American spirituals within a folk music context, Calvin Earl has produced Gratitude. It is Earl’s personal statement of “gratitude” to his ancestors for their gift of the spiritual, which he updates for a 21st century listening audience. According to Earl’s website, his sophomore release was also conceived “to help teachers and students experience the music created by the African people enslaved in America.” But this isn’t your typical Silver-Burdette spiritual collection for the classroom. These arrangements are more in ...

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Genesis of a Gospel Song: “I Can Go to God in Prayer” – Calvin Bridges

Calvin Bridges as told to JGM’s Bob Marovich Looking back, I think God set me up to be in gospel music. In the neighborhood where I grew up, on the West Side of Chicago, there was the Holloway Community Choir. I lived around the corner from them. I would go to their monthly musicals and be in such awe. My mom was a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church, where Thomas Dorsey served as minister of music. Every first Sunday, she would take me to communion and to hear the choir. I watched all the pomp and circumstance, the procession, Professor ...

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Shirley Caesar – Revisited (Calvin Records)

Shirley CaesarRevisitedCalvin Records 2008 In 1967, Shirley Caesar stepped out of the Caravans lineup to release her debut solo album, I’ll Go, for Hob Records, a company founded in Detroit by salon owner Carmen Murphy and later purchased by Scepter Records. With tracks featuring the Young People’s Choir of the Institutional Church of God in Christ (the Brooklyn group rendered the first recorded version of their signature song, “Stretch Out,” on this LP), I’ll Go was an auspicious start for the Caesar-Hob partnership, which would, in ensuing years, give the world some of Caesar’s finest and most fiery recordings, including ...

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Derek Dunn – I Will Sing

Derek Dunn I Will Sing In Season Music Group (release date: October 13, 2017) www.inseasonmusicgroup.com By Bob Marovich From the Tidewater area of Virginia comes Derek Dunn, whose latest CD, I Will Sing, is notable for offering more than the usual number of high-potential songs expected from an album of new compositions. Dunn’s muscular voice is reminiscent of Isaac Carree who, it turns out, is one of his influences. So is Fred Hammond, all of which explains why the single, “If It Had Not Been,” as well as “Got to Make It,” featuring Emory Diggs, bear more than passing resemblances to Commissioned and Men ...

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Stay Connected – The Choirs of Trinity United Church of Christ

The Choirs of Trinity United Church of Christ Stay Connected Unashamed Media Group (release date: February 28, 2017) Available on Amazon.com, itunes, other digital outlets. The hard copy with the 36 page color booklet will be available at the church by March 3, 2017, through its bookstore and website. By Bob Marovich Disc One of Stay Connected, the forthcoming two-disc project from Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ music and arts ministries, is alone sufficient to declare the project excellent. That it contains two discs makes it spectacular. It has been fifteen years since the South Side church has released ...

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Review: A Piece of My Soul (The Anthology of Gospel) – Christ Universal Temple

A Piece of My Soul (The Anthology of Gospel) Christ Universal Temple, Chicago May 24 and 25  By Bob Marovich of The Black Gospel Blog Last night, A Piece of My Soul opened as a musical and ended as church. Faith Howard (r) sings a tribute to Albertina Walker Evoking Jackie Taylor’s Black Ensemble Theater presentations in its uncomplicated premise, wholesome entertainment value, and eagerness to educate, Rodney Lewis’s stage musical, subtitled The Anthology of Gospel, is a history lesson wrapped in spiritual and gospel songs.   The show opened for a two-day revival at Chicago’s spacious Christ Universal Temple yesterday evening. In episodic ...

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R.I.P. The Queen of Gospel: Albertina Walker (HOMEGOING ARRANGEMENTS)

Rev. Stanley Keeble informed TBGB that the Queen of Gospel, Albertina Walker, went on home to be with her Lord earlier this morning. Ms. Walker’s tenure in gospel music extends back several decades, most notably as the organizer and lead singer of the Caravans. Here’s a remembrance from singer-songwriter Calvin Bridges: Albertina Walker… The Queen of Gospel Music Singers… I’m grateful to say that and to have known and worked with her. Albertina’s recordings of my compositions, “I Can Go To God In Prayer,” “Spread The Word,” “Wait On The Lord,” “Thank You For One More Day,” and others, will live forever ...

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But, I’m Still Around – The Roberson Brothers Reunion (tbgb review)

But, I’m Still AroundThe Roberson Brothers Reunion, featuring Pastor Van D. Roberson(private press) 2008For information, call: 714-504-7393 Despite the fact that it is a privately-produced recording, But, I’m Still Here, a reunion of the Roberson Brothers, is visually and aurally pleasing. Adorned with vintage photos, including a 1961 promotional photo of the brothers when they were the Israelite Voices of Peace, the recording opens with Pastor Van D. Roberson and Ray C. Roberson, Sr. offering a brief history of the group. Early lo-fi recordings play in the distance as if on the family stereo. The Southern California-based Robersons cite the ...

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Light’s Gospel Legacy Series: The Winans & Vickie Winans

Among the first Gospel Legacy CDs Light Records released this year were tributes to the Winans, the Detroit family that was to the Eighties what Andrae Crouch and the Hawkins Family were to the Seventies. The Winans, like Crouch and Hawkins, employed the medium of contemporary music to express a spiritual message. Although disparaged at the time by some traditionalists, what these artists did was very much in keeping with gospel’s time-honored tradition of taking the mountain to Mohammed, instead of the other way around. The Winans The Winans brothers – Marvin, Carvin, Michael and Ronald – encapsulated lyrics of ...

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TBGB Reviews…GMWA Live in Milwaukee 2005

GMWA – Live in Milwaukee 2005GMWA Mass ChoirLight 2006www.lightrecords.com Every year, the Gospel Music Workshop of America Mass Choir showcases a stack of new songs, often penned by up-and-coming composers, for convention participants to take back home and teach to their church choirs. Since the early years, the GMWA has also released the Mass Choir performance as a recording to ensure an even wider audience for the new compositions. The recording also provides convention-goers with a nifty souvenir of their GMWA experience. Another hallmark of the GMWA Mass Choir is its adherence to Rev. Cleveland’s admonition that at the convention, ...

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