A Tribute - Live! Jazz At Lincoln Center (2CD)


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Format: 2CD
Label: Appleseed Records
Year: 2013

Media Condition: New
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New

TRACKS:

DISC ONE:

1 Jazz At Lincoln Center Welcome (Spoken)
2 Breaths
3 Sabumoya
4 Come Ye
5 Welcome (Spoken)
6 Shuku Shuku (Choo Choo Song)
7 See Line Woman
8 Can't Afford To Lose My Man
9 If I Should Lose You
10 Love Me Or Leave Me
11 Trouble In Mind
12 Feeling Good
13 The Midnight Special
14 Pata Pata

DISC TWO:

1 Intro To Freedom Suite (Spoken)
2 Freedom Suite: Oh Freedom/Come And Go With Me To That Land/I'm On My Way To Freedom Land/Glory Glory Hallelujah
3 Another Man Done Gone
4 Abbey Lincoln Medley: Down Here Below/The Music Is The Magic/A Turtle's Dream/I'm In Love
5 Tell Me More And More And Then Some
6 Wild Is The Wind
7 Run On
8 Let There Be Peace
9 N'diarabi/Africa Is Where My Heart Lies

To honor the seminal music that first inspired its unique blend of folk, blues, African, jazz, gospel and R&B music, Sweet Honey In The Rock recently strode out of its comfort zone and designed a special “Tribute” concert presentation, boldly adding an instrumental trio to fully realize the jazz-oriented concept, their first live shows with a band.

Upping the ante, the singers decided to perform this special program at New York’s prestigious Rose Hall in Jazz at Lincoln Center and to record their two-night appearance there in front of surprised and delighted audiences. Talk about working without a net!

The resultant recordings, drawn from those two shows at Rose Hall in 2011, comprise this 2-CD set, A Tribute – Live! Jazz at Lincoln Center. In the opening moments of the concert, group member Carol Maillard recites a roll-call of some of the great female African-American vocalists whose songs helped shape the group and comprise most of “Tribute’s” repertoire, including Abbey Lincoln, Odetta, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Miriam Makeba, Carmen McRae, Bessie Smith, and Sarah Vaughan.

Sweet Honey In The Rock’s distinctive swirl of a cappella vocals, encompassing waves of imaginative five-part harmonies and occasional solo showcases, is heard unaccompanied, aside from the quintet’s hand percussion, on about half of the songs. Adorned with new arrangements by Sweet Honey’s members, there are jazz standards, gospel/civil rights anthems, Afro-centric songs, show tunes, blues, and a salsa-flavored original.

Interwoven throughout the presentation are the understated instrumental contributions of the trio nicknamed “the Honey Men” – Stacey Wade (musical director/piano/keyboards), Parker McAllister (upright acoustic & electric bass), Jovol Bell (drums, percussion) – who augment Sweet Honey’s exhilarating, soulful voices and confident, genre-crossing dexterity.

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