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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2006
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431228820
  • Catalog Number: 2288
  • Sales rank: 252,219

Album Credits

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 Jr. Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ulises Bella Saxophone
Asdrubal Sierra Vocals
Wil-Dog Abers Bass
Raúl Pacheco Guitar
Jiro Yamaguchi Doumbek
Jeff Scott Young Organ, Synthesizer Pads
DeAnte 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 II Organ, Hammond Organ
Technical Credits
Jackson Browne Composer, Producer
Luis Conte Composer
Paul Dieter Engineer
Craig Doerge Composer
Mark Goldenberg Composer
Mauricio-Fritz Lewak Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Scott Thurston Composer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Francisco Letelier Art Direction
Robert Hadley Mastering
Fred Martin & the Levite Camp Producer, Vocal Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Recommended

    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.

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