Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions

Various Artists

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Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions Review

by John Storm Roberts

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 Florida A&M Choir 05:49 SpotifyAmazon
2
Princely Players 03:11 SpotifyAmazon
3
Princely Players 02:12 SpotifyAmazon
4 Florida A&M Choir 04:34 SpotifyAmazon
5 Princely Players 02:43 SpotifyAmazon
6 Fisk University Jubilee Singers 02:21
7 Fisk University Jubilee Singers 02:21 SpotifyAmazon
8 Howard University Chamber Choir 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
9 Howard University Chamber Choir 05:19 SpotifyAmazon
10 Florida A&M Choir 01:37 SpotifyAmazon
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Princely Players 02:06 SpotifyAmazon
12
Princely Players 02:23 SpotifyAmazon
13 Princely Players 05:32 SpotifyAmazon
14 Kehembe Eichelberger 05:26 SpotifyAmazon
15
Princely Players 05:32 SpotifyAmazon
16
Princely Players 03:43 SpotifyAmazon
17 Florida A&M University Concert Choir 02:15 SpotifyAmazon
18 Howard University Chamber Choir 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
19 Howard University Chamber Choir 02:05 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 McIntosh County Shouters 02:34 SpotifyAmazon
2
McIntosh County Shouters 02:59 SpotifyAmazon
3
Seniorlites 01:29 SpotifyAmazon
4
Seniorlites 02:30 SpotifyAmazon
5
C.J. Johnson 00:43 SpotifyAmazon
6
C.J. Johnson 04:55 SpotifyAmazon
7
C.J. Johnson 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
8
United Southern Prayer Band of Baltimore, Washington, & Vir 05:48 SpotifyAmazon
9
United Southern Prayer Band of Baltimore, Washington, & Vir 03:55 SpotifyAmazon
10
United Southern Prayer Band of Baltimore, Washington, & Vir 05:59 SpotifyAmazon
11
Richard Allen Singers 06:12 SpotifyAmazon
12
Richard Allen Singers 03:57 SpotifyAmazon
13 Congregational Song 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
14
Southwest Georgia Blue Spring Missionary Baptist Association Delegation 04:07 SpotifyAmazon
15 Southwest Georgia Blue Spring Missionary Baptist Association Delegation 04:27 SpotifyAmazon
16
Southwest Georgia Blue Spring Missionary Baptist Association Delegation 09:45 SpotifyAmazon
17
Southwest Georgia Blue Spring Missionary Baptist Association Delegation 02:04 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Lou Bell Johnson 03:21 SpotifyAmazon
2 Toshi Reagon 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
3 Michelle Lanchester / Bernice Johnson Reagon / Yasmeen 05:43 SpotifyAmazon
4 Eugene Smallwood 04:17 SpotifyAmazon
5 Rev. Donald Vails 03:23 SpotifyAmazon
6 Michelle Lanchester / Bernice Johnson Reagon / Yasmeen 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
7 Rev. Donald Vails 01:43
8 Eugene Smallwood 05:04 SpotifyAmazon
9 Michelle Lanchester 03:19
10 Richard Allen Singers 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
11 Evelyn Harris / Aisha Kahlil / Sweet Honey in the Rock / Sweet Honey In The Rock Trio 05:14 SpotifyAmazon
12 Horace Clarence Boyer / Horace C. Boyer, Rev Donald Vails & The Celebration Delegation / Rev. Donald Vails 03:48 SpotifyAmazon
13 Sweet Honey in the Rock 04:13 SpotifyAmazon
14 Rev. Donald Vails 05:43 SpotifyAmazon
15 The Rev. Donald Vails & The Celebration Delegation / Gloria Griffin / Rev. Donald Vails 07:16 SpotifyAmazon
16 Carolyn Bolger-Payne 03:50 SpotifyAmazon
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