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In Bright Mansions
     

In Bright Mansions

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by Fisk University Jubilee Singers
 
The Fisk Jubilee Singers of Fisk University in Nashville TN have dazzled thousands of concert-goers since their inception in 1871, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars for an African-American school that desperately needed a benefactor, and gaining fans from midwest America to the Netherlands. Except for a few poorly

Overview

The Fisk Jubilee Singers of Fisk University in Nashville TN have dazzled thousands of concert-goers since their inception in 1871, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars for an African-American school that desperately needed a benefactor, and gaining fans from midwest America to the Netherlands. Except for a few poorly distributed albums in recent years, though, the group hadn't been released in several decades, and regardless, they've certainly never been better heard than on Curb's lavish 2003 production, In Bright Mansions. Digitally recorded with seven microphones in a mid-19th century Nashville church (that now houses a studio), the album is among the best ways to appreciate dynamic jubilee singing. Most of the arrangements are at least a half-century old, though a few songs have new arrangements from director Paul T. Kwami (a native Ghanaian who joined the group in 1995). Fortunately for neophytes, the group includes their performances of many classics of the form: "Were You There," "There Is a Balm in Gilead," "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," and an eerily powerful "Wade in the Water." Those with a yen for history can check out the lengthy, informative liner notes detailing the group's history, but the music is the key, and it's gorgeous.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/28/2003
Label:
Curb Records
UPC:
0715187876224
catalogNumber:
78762
Rank:
101510

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fisk University Jubilee Singers   Primary Artist
Albert Smith   Bass (Vocal)
Paul T. Kwami   Conductor,Musical Direction
Joslyn Keel   Soprano (Vocal)
Jeremy Kelsey   Bass (Vocal)
Olivia Mack   Alto (Vocal)
Moiro Konchellah   Soprano (Vocal)
Jonathan Johnson   Tenor (Vocal)
Stacey Evans   Soprano (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Mike Curb   Producer,Executive Producer
William Levi Dawson   Arranger
Moses Hogan   Arranger
Wesley Bulla   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Package Production,Text
Andrew Ward   Liner Notes,Text
Jester Hairston   Arranger
Don Cusic   Liner Notes,Text
Traditional   Composer
David Herrera   Producer,Liner Notes,Package Production,Text
John W. Work   Arranger
Bryan Graban   Engineer
Paul T. Kwami   Arranger,Director,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Text
Pamela Browne   Producer,Executive Producer
Roland Carter   Arranger

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In Bright Mansions 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Soulful singing full of emotion, this group really does these songs justice!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though the songs are seemingly out dated, the Jubilee Singers sing them as if they are in the thick of the times in which they were made. From 'A home in Dat Rock' to 'In Bright Mansions', this Grammy nominated album places the Jubilee Singers in a postion to rewrite history again and again!