In Bright Mansions

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/28/2003
  • Label: Curb Records
  • UPC: 715187876224
  • Catalog Number: 78762
  • Sales rank: 225,890

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 II Arranger
Bryan Graban Engineer
Paul T. Kwami Arranger, Director, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Text
Pamela Browne Producer, Executive Producer
Roland Carter Arranger
Hank Williams Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    In Bright Mansions

    Soulful singing full of emotion, this group really does these songs justice!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    In Bright Mansions

    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!

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