The Essential Mahalia Jackson [Columbia/Legacy]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Mahalia Jackson rewrote the rules for singing gospel in the late '40s by bringing blues phrasing and other secular elements into sacred song, and with her powerful alto, she sang with an immediacy and conviction that are still startling when they break out of the speakers some 30 years after her death. This two-disc set collects tracks from Jackson's long stay at Columbia Records, as well as a few tracks from her previous label, Apollo Records, where she recorded from 1947 until signing with Columbia in 1954. What makes this set feel like more than a greatest-hits collection is the inspired sequencing, which doesn't move chronologically but instead is paced like a ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Mahalia Jackson rewrote the rules for singing gospel in the late '40s by bringing blues phrasing and other secular elements into sacred song, and with her powerful alto, she sang with an immediacy and conviction that are still startling when they break out of the speakers some 30 years after her death. This two-disc set collects tracks from Jackson's long stay at Columbia Records, as well as a few tracks from her previous label, Apollo Records, where she recorded from 1947 until signing with Columbia in 1954. What makes this set feel like more than a greatest-hits collection is the inspired sequencing, which doesn't move chronologically but instead is paced like a concert, helped by the placement of key live tracks, including several from her historic appearance at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. Highlights are almost too many to mention, but her elegant version of "Come Sunday" with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra is majestic in scope, and her interpretations of a pair of Thomas A. Dorsey compositions, "It Didn't Cost Very Much" and "I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song" are definitive. The funky "Let the Church Roll On," featuring some wonderful stop-start stuttering piano work from Mildred Falls, rocks the house, as does the rousing, jazzy version of "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" that is included here. A beautiful and heartbreaking reading of "I've Been Buked" from Columbia's tape archives is another obvious high point. No one could worry over a note like Mahalia Jackson. The Essential Mahalia Jackson makes a marvelous introduction to the Colombia Records era of this powerful and soulful singer, and coupled with the earlier three-disc Apollo Sessions, paints a complete picture of an American treasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998906723
  • Catalog Number: 89067
  • Sales rank: 25,081

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mahalia Jackson Primary Artist, Vocals
Billy Preston Organ
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Jo Jones Drums
Shelly Manne Drums
Ray Nance Trumpet, Violin
Jimmy Raney Guitar
Aaron Bell Bass
Jimmy Woode Bass
Falls-Jones Ensemble Ensemble
Russell Procope Clarinet, Reeds, Alto Saxophone
Walter Page Bass
Harold Baker Trumpet
Clifton Best Guitar
Harry Carney Baritone Saxophone
Frank Carroll Bass
Clark Terry Trumpet
Duke Ellington Piano
Mildred Falls Piano, Leader
Addison Farmer Bass
Bill Graham Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet
Gus Johnson Drums
Marty Paich Conductor
Alfred Miller Organ
Art Ryerson Guitar
Norris "Bunny" Shawker Drums
Willie Webb Organ
Sam Woodyard Drums
Lilton Mitchell Organ
A. Goodson Organ
Gordon "Specs" Powell Drums
Charles Clency Organ
Tommy Bryant Bass
Ralph Jones Band Organ
Keith Mitchell Bass
Technical Credits
Mahalia Jackson Arranger, Composer
Roberta Martin Composer
John Hammond Sr. Producer
Richard Rodgers Composer
George Avakian Producer
A.P. Carter Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Bob Fisher Reissue Producer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Cal Lampley Producer
John Lange Composer
Kenneth S. Morris Composer
Irving Townsend Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Aaron Love Adaptation
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Hank Parker Cover Photo
Horace Clarence Boyer Liner Notes
C.J. Ward Composer
Albert Hay Malotte Composer
Civilla D. Martin Composer
Jester Hairston Composer
Harriet E. Smith Composer
Traditional Composer
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