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Melodious Accord - Alice Parker
Listen, Lord

Three Spirituals:
- When Jesus Comes
- Tell 'em I'm Gone
- You Can Tell the World
Listen, Lord:
- This Morning
- I, It May Be
- This Man of God
- When I've Done
Two Spirituals:
- I Want Jesus to Walk With Me
- He's Got the Whole World
A Suite: Dem Bells:
- Mary and Martha Have Just Gone 'long
- Please Don't Let This Harvest Pass
- I'm A-Rollin'
Three Spirituals:
- God Loves All His Many People
- Welcome Table
- Father's Got a Home
A Suite: Street Corner Spirituals
- Come and Go with Me
- Blow Yo' Gospel Trumpet
- Can't You Hear
- Holy, Holy
- Let the Church Roll On
- Glory, Hallelujah

Directed by Alice Parker

Alice Parker and Melodious Accord dig deep into the rich history of the black tradition. This recording contains a cantata, two suites and eight spirituals in choral settings by Parker. Interspersed between the suites and cantata are sets of spiritual arrangements. "I want Jesus to walk with me" is especially beautiful. The title piece "Listen Lord," a cantata for solo contralto, chorus and jazz combo, uses the text of the opening prayer in James Weldon Johnson's God's Trombones in combination with two spirituals. This jazzy-blues set features contralto Pamela Warrick-Smith. The first suite, "Dem Bells," was composed for choir and handbells. The first and last movements are light almost-rags with a slow somber movement in the middle. The performance on the recording uses piano. The last set, "Street Corner Spirituals," is a suite combining fragments of spirituals for chorus, and an informal street corner band of trumpet, drums and keyboard. These catchy tunes and varied rhythms make a fun toe-tapping piece. This CD is a great example of Alice Parker's unique view on the black spiritual as a melodic resource.

Item code: 7149C | 1 CD | $15.98 add item to cart
Choral | Primarily a cappella | Mixed | United States

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