[JPL] gospel songs and spirituals by jazz musicians

eric jackson eric-jackson at comcast.net
Thu Feb 17 14:46:32 EST 2011

On 02/17/2011 08:22 AM, Jerry Maddock wrote:
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> 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.

Although Balm In Gilead has often been performed in a gospel style it is 
a spiritual and not a gospel tune.

Eric Jackson
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> 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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