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 05:49 SpotifyAmazon
2
03:11 SpotifyAmazon
3
02:12 SpotifyAmazon
4 04:34 SpotifyAmazon
5 02:43 SpotifyAmazon
6 02:21
7 02:21 SpotifyAmazon
8 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
9 05:19 SpotifyAmazon
10 01:37 SpotifyAmazon
11
02:06 SpotifyAmazon
12
02:23 SpotifyAmazon
13 05:32 SpotifyAmazon
14 05:26 SpotifyAmazon
15
05:32 SpotifyAmazon
16
03:43 SpotifyAmazon
17 02:15 SpotifyAmazon
18 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
19 02:05 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:34 SpotifyAmazon
2
02:59 SpotifyAmazon
3
01:29 SpotifyAmazon
4
02:30 SpotifyAmazon
5
00:43 SpotifyAmazon
6
04:55 SpotifyAmazon
7
03:09 SpotifyAmazon
8
05:48 SpotifyAmazon
9
03:55 SpotifyAmazon
10
05:59 SpotifyAmazon
11
06:12 SpotifyAmazon
12
03:57 SpotifyAmazon
13 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
14
04:07 SpotifyAmazon
15 04:27 SpotifyAmazon
16
09:45 SpotifyAmazon
17
02:04 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:21 SpotifyAmazon
2 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
3 05:43 SpotifyAmazon
4 04:17 SpotifyAmazon
5 03:23 SpotifyAmazon
6 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
7 01:43
8 05:04 SpotifyAmazon
9 03:19
10 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
11 05:14 SpotifyAmazon
12 03:48 SpotifyAmazon
13 04:13 SpotifyAmazon
14 05:43 SpotifyAmazon
15 07:16 SpotifyAmazon
16 03:50 SpotifyAmazon
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