Some Bridges

Some Bridges

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by Fred Martin & the Levite Camp
     
 
Fred Martin, the L.A. based teacher, musician, and choir director who masterminded this riveting rock/blues/gospel all-star fusion project, loves to point out that Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey, the father of modern gospel, once upset some church people when he combined religious music with jazz and blues. Dorsey's long-ago trailblazing made the Levite Camp (named after the

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Fred Martin, the L.A. based teacher, musician, and choir director who masterminded this riveting rock/blues/gospel all-star fusion project, loves to point out that Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey, the father of modern gospel, once upset some church people when he combined religious music with jazz and blues. Dorsey's long-ago trailblazing made the Levite Camp (named after the Biblical tribe of musician-priests) possible, inspiring a spirited labor of love that emotionally connects on numerous levels. The heart and soul of the collection is a lively choir rendition of Jackson Browne's classic title track, and the singer/songwriter's friendship with Martin led to his participation as a lead vocalist on his socially conscious songs "World in Motion" (which is doubled cleverly with a soaring choir singing Allen Toussaint's "Yes We Can Can") and the emotional ballad "Don't You Want to Be There." Martin also adds a potent extra verse to Browne's politically charged "Lives in the Balance," which stretches to seven minutes and includes powerful contributions by the L.A. based, Grammy winning alternative groove collective Ozomatli. Browne's name was no doubt helpful in marketing efforts, but other well-known names make equally vibrant contributions -- most notably Keb' Mo' (who trades lead vocals with the choir on a fusion of Robert Johnson's "Crossroads" and "Until I Found the Lord") and trumpeter "Hugh Masekela," whose haunting horn provides a moody vibe behind lyrics about listening to one's inner voice on "The Next Voice You Hear." The Levite Camp may be largely anonymous to this recording's audience, but two soloists deserve special mention -- Chavonne Morris and Alethea Mills. The project is the musical extension of Martin's Urban Entertainment Institute, an organization dedicated to teaching city youth about everything from musicianship to career management.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2006
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431228820
catalogNumber:
2288
Rank:
337093

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Performance Credits

Fred Martin & the Levite Camp   Primary Artist,Piano,Hammond Organ
Jackson Browne   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Hugh Masekela   Flugelhorn
John Bilezikjian   Oud,Doumbek
Alex Al   Bass
Luis Conte   Percussion
Mark Goldenberg   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Paul Jackson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ulises Bella   Saxophone
Asdrubal Sierra   Vocals
Wil-Dog Abers   Bass
Raúl Pacheco   Guitar
Justin "El Niño" Porée   Percussion
Jiro Yamaguchi   Doumbek
Jeff Scott Young   Organ,Synthesizer Pads
De'Ante Duckett   Choir, Chorus
Alethea Mills   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Chavonne Morris   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Aminah Ofumbi   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Clarissa Watkins   Choir, Chorus
Aaron Cooke   Choir, Chorus
Gil Smith   Organ,Hammond Organ
Creshinda Johnson   Background Vocals
Fred Martin   Piano
Neil Seigle   Ney
Nykol Burns   Vocals,Background Vocals
Loren Turner   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jackson Browne   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Luis Conte   Composer
Paul Dieter   Engineer
Craig Doerge   Composer
Mark Goldenberg   Composer
Mauricio-Fritz Lewak   Composer
Scott Thurston   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Francisco Letelier   Art Direction
Fred Martin & the Levite Camp   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Fred Martin   Audio Production

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Some Bridges 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to make of this at first, although I have played it a few times now and it gets better with each listen. There are a few guest apprearances including the legendary Jackson Browne and of course the gospel group The Levite Camp. There is a nice mix of genres here, so if you are into blues, jazz, gospel then go get this.