Feel The Spirit
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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