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How Sweet the Sound: Spirituals & Traditional Gospel Music
     

How Sweet the Sound: Spirituals & Traditional Gospel Music

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by Chanticleer
 
The popular men's chorus Chanticleer have a secret weapon in their ranks: countertenor Joseph Jennings, a church-raised gospel arranger. Jennings takes the reins on this stirring exploration of traditional African-American spirituals and gospel numbers, and it's another successful venture for this wildly talented ensemble. Having made their name in Renaissance music

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The popular men's chorus Chanticleer have a secret weapon in their ranks: countertenor Joseph Jennings, a church-raised gospel arranger. Jennings takes the reins on this stirring exploration of traditional African-American spirituals and gospel numbers, and it's another successful venture for this wildly talented ensemble. Having made their name in Renaissance music and jazz, it's not altogether a given that the men of Chanticleer could let loose in Holy Ghost fervor. But, aided by Bishop Yvette Flunder, they do. Jennings' imaginative arranging interprets the skin-tight harmonizing of the gospel quartet for his 13-voice ensemble, and the results are explosive -- not the least on the opener, "Jesus Hits Like an Atom Bomb" and the storm of harmony that ensues on "Didn't It Rain." More predictably, Chanticleer's bell-like tones get right to the heart of classic spirituals such as "Motherless Child" and "Amazing Grace." Jennings' own "Be Still and Know That I'm God" closes the set on a reverent note.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0825646030927
catalogNumber:
60309

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Performance Credits

Chanticleer   Primary Artist,Vocal Ensemble
Jay DeWitt White   Alto (Vocal)
Philip Wilder   Alto (Vocal)
Mark Sullivan   Bass (Vocal),Baritone (Vocal)
Kevin Baum   Tenor (Vocal)
Christopher Fritzsche   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Joseph Jennings   Piano,Vocals
David Marshall   Bass (Vocal),Baritone (Vocal)
Eric Alatorre   Bass (Vocal),Baritone (Vocal)
Matthew Alber   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Jesse Antin   Alto (Vocal)
Bishop Yvette A. Flunder   Vocals
Michael Lichtenauer   Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Anthony Heilbut   Liner Notes
Preston Smith   Engineer,Engineering
Steve Barnett   Producer,Mastering Producer,Engineering
Joseph Jennings   Composer,Liner Notes,Music Direction
Traditional   Composer
Paul Mitchell   Art Direction

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How Sweet the Sound: Spirituals & Traditional Gospel Music 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is beautiful music. Absolutely stunning. The clarity of the voices and the power of the soloist literally brought me to tears on one of the tracks. I heard one of these songs (Balm of Gilead) come up on my Pandora feed and I'm so glad I bought the rest of the disc. I feel warmed up from the inside. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very talented people. However, the sound and style is rigid and souless. Does not do these great songs justice.