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Afro Blue: Its A Matter of Pride

Song NameComposerArranger
The Star Spangled Banner (The National Anthem) Francis Scott KeyReginald Bowens
Whisper NotBenny Golson/ Leonard FeatherMichele Weir
The Music of Being Free (Introduction)Alan & Marilyn Bergman
The Music of Being FreeMarvin HamlischConnaitre Miller
Sometimes I'm HappyVincent Youmans/ Irving CeasarConnaitre Miller
Blue In GreenMiles Davis
Gentle RainLuis BonfaJeff Corry
There Will Never Be Another YouHarry Warren/ Mack GordonAnders Edenroth
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've SeenTraditional Negro SpiritualJohn Blake
Autumn LeavesJoseph Kosma/ Johnny MercerChristie Dashiell
The Surrey With The Fringe On TopOscar Hammerstein/ Richard RogersRoger Treece
Lost At SeaJulia DollisonKerry Marsh
If You Really Are Concerned Then Show ItBilly TaylorConnaitre Miller
It's A Matter Of PrideBilly TaylorConnaitre Miller
Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing (The Black National Anthem)James Weldon Johnson/ John Rosamond JohnsonReginald Bowens

Directed by Connaitre Miller

One of America's elite Collegiate Vocal Jazz ensembles, 9-strong, mixed-voice Afro Blue, under the direction of Connaitre Miller, has collected six DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards in their seven years of existence. These included "Best College Vocal Jazz Ensemble in" in 2003 and 2009. Director Miller has arranged four of the 15 tunes here, which are almost all a cappella. Several favorites are a striking arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner," Marvin Hamlisch & Alan & Marilyn Bergman's "The Music of Being Free," Luis Bonfa's lovely "Gentle Rain," Henry Warren & Mack Gordon's "There Will Never Be Another You," sublimely arranged by The Real Group's Anders Endenroth, a jazzy arrangement of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," Billy Taylor's title tune and James & John Johnson's "Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing" (The Black National Anthem). Afro Blue is a poised, polished ensemble, with a clean, professional sound, cutting-edge arrangements and excellent song selection. Treat yourself to "It's a Matter of Pride," by one of the best Collegiate Vocal Jazz ensembles America has to offer, and enjoy!

Item code: 6083C | 1 CD | $14.95 |add item to cart
Vocal Jazz | Mixed | United States
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