One of the most dynamic musical evangelical lights in modern gospel takes a funky and inspired Quincy Jones turn on this unique project. Hammond wrote or co-wrote the songs and produced or co-produced (and co-executive produced) the multi-faceted recording, which seems geared towards introducing great young singers to the masses. He also plays live bass throughout. Hopefully some of the solid singers here will find this a gateway to a solo career -- particularly Jonathan Dunn, whose vocal on "My Deliverer" has the kind of urgency lacking on some of the other slick, soulful ballads here. Other voices worth noting are the Singletons (who sizzle on "Pour Out Your Holy Spirit"), Darrin Patterson, and Bridgette Campbell (the anthemic "Yeah Yeah"). Still on a project that Hammond designed for the talents of others, it seems strange that truly the most remarkable tune is "Let Me Tell It," an emotional experience/duet by Hammond and Keith Staten. Many other songs come close, but that tune has more spirit, energy, and conviction than most of the 17 tracks here (including several interludes). Some of the quieter ballads would be nice quiet storm tunes if you took out "Jesus" and substituted a romantic lover. And it's doubtful Hammond really would want that sort of reaction. Still worthwhile to hear the great talent involved.
Fred Hammond Presents: In Case You Missed It...And Then Some Review
by Jonathan Widran