Feel The Spirit

Joe Williams

Feel The Spirit
  • Release Date: 01 Apr 1995
  • Label: TELARC
  • Genre: JAZZ
  • CAT # 83362-25

    1. In the Beginning / My Lord 5:42
    2. Feel the Spirit 5:09
    3. Go Down Moses / Wade in the Water 4:47
    4. Great Camp Meeting 3:45
    5. Were You There? 5:11
    6. Walk with Me 4:17
    7. I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray 4:14
    8. In My Heart 3:55
    9. Little David 3:10
    10. His Eye is on the Sparrow 5:12
    11. Pass It On 4:24
    12. The Lord's Prayer 3:31
    13. Doxology

On his third Telarc Jazz recording and his first-ever album of spirituals, vocalist Joe Williams has chosen to show yet another side of his musical nature. On Feel the Spirit, the bass-baritone offers thirteen traditional African-American hymns arranged by Johnny Pate.

Williams pays homage to his Chicago roots and the gospel quartet that was his primary musical influence. Although the 76-year-old singer has performed with many jazz luminaries throughout his lengthy career, he has always retained a hint of gospel in his style. On Feel the Spirit, he give it full vent. With settings that vary from duos with acoustic piano to call-and-response interchanges with singer Marlena Shaw and backed by instrumentalists and a chorus, Williams sings a wide range of contemporized ballads and up-tempo gospel songs colored with funk, rhythm and blues, and down-home blues.

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