Various Artists

Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions

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This four-disc set, drawn from the musical examples to Bernice Johnson Reagon's outstanding National Public Radio series on African-American gospel music, deals respectively with the concert tradition in spiritual singing, the 19th-century roots of African-American congregational singing, the pioneering composers, and community gospel. As ballet music lacks a dimension without the dance, the CDs lack a dimension without the powerful mind tying the whole thing together. And to have included some of the non-African-American roots Professor Reagon illustrated in the programs would also have made this more than just another fine gospel set. But "just another fine gospel set" is pretty fine in its own right.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 5:49 Spotify
2
3:11 Spotify
3
2:12 Spotify
4 4:34 Spotify
5 2:43 Spotify
6 2:21
7 2:21 Spotify
8 2:52 Spotify
9 5:19 Spotify
10 1:37 Spotify
11
2:06 Spotify
12
2:23 Spotify
13 5:32 Spotify
14 5:26 Spotify
15
5:32 Spotify
16
3:43 Spotify
17 2:15 Spotify
18 2:42 Spotify
19 2:05 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:21 Spotify
2 2:57 Spotify
3 5:43 Spotify
4 4:17 Spotify
5 3:23 Spotify
6 3:03 Spotify
7 1:43
8 5:04 Spotify
9 3:19
10 3:03 Spotify
11 5:14 Spotify
12 3:48 Spotify
13 4:13 Spotify
14 5:43 Spotify
15 7:16 Spotify
16 3:50 Spotify
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