[JPL] gospel songs and spirituals by jazz musicians

Jerry Maddock jtmaddock at comcast.net
Thu Feb 17 08:22:55 EST 2011

In her most recent CD, /Homefree/, Nnenna Freelon recorded "Balm In 
Gilead."  In her performance aboard The Jazz Cruise earlier this month, 
she dedicated the song to James Moody.  I believe Nina Simone also 
recorded this gospel tune.

Jerry Maddock

On 12:59 PM, Larry Appelbaum wrote:
> It's an interesting project, Tom. I assume you're looking for specific recordings, and also not just artists or songs with gospel "flavor." For original spiritual songs, Ellington's sacred concerts and Mary Lou Williams' Mass are obvious starters. George Adams has recorded both Precious Lord and His Eye Is On The Sparrow. Grant Green"s In The Spirit, Hampton Hawes' The Sermon, anything by Kirk Whalum, Cassandra did a version of Joshua Fit de Battle, John Scofield's Pietry Street, Sister Rosetta Tharpe's recordings with Lucky Millender, Marion Williams' recordings with Milt Jackson and Ray Brown, Don Shirley made a record of spirituals, Fontella Bass, Hank Jones and Charlie Haden's Steal Away...
> Lots more suggestion when I'm at home.
> Larry
>> I'm putting together a database of jazz versions of gospel songs and
>> spirituals, and I'd appreciate your suggestions.
>> Thanks,
>> Tom

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