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Wade in the Water, Vol. 4: African American Community Gospel

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The final release in the series, Wade in the Water, Vol. 4: African American Community Gospel focuses on the sacred music of two vastly different areas of the U.S. -- Washington D.C. and rural Alabama -- to illustrate the differences brought about by local perspective. The eight Alabama tracks run the gamut from newly arranged renditions of traditional favorites to popular hits to original compositions; all are in the quartet style, which remains the primary gospel vehicle throughout the state -- group anniversary celebrations are even regularly held, with other quartets traveling from miles around to perform in their peers' honor. In D.C., the trend is toward performances connected with the worship services of the urban church community; again, however, the scope is vast, including traditional styles, processional praise songs and a contemporary reading of "Peace in the Valley."

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