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Negro Spirituals: An American National Treasure / Oral Moses, bass-baritone; Rosalyn Floyd, piano

Album Summary

>Moore, Undine Smith : Come Down Angels and Trouble the Water
>Moore, Undine Smith : Is There Anybody Here That Loves My Jesus
>Brown,, Uzee, Jr. : Ain't-a That Good News, for voice & piano
>Still, William G. : Here's One, for chorus & piano
>Simpson-Curenton, Evelyn : Lil' David
>Hogan, Moses : Give Me Jesus, arr. for voice & piano
>Owens, Robert (I) : Cycle of Six Spirituals
>Traditional Spiritual : Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
>Traditional Spiritual : Oh Graveyard (Lay This Body Down)
>Johnson, Hall : Ev'rytime I feel de Spirit, for voice & piano
>Hogan, Moses : Deep River, for voice & piano
>Lloyd Jr., Charles : Death Is Gonna Lay His Cold Icy Hands on Me
>Traditional Spiritual : Do-Don't Touch-a My Garment, spiritual
>Traditional Spiritual : Sinner, Please Don't Let This Harvest Pass
>Brown,, Uzee, Jr. : Trampin'
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Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bailey Performance Center, Kennesaw, GA (08/05/2013/08/06/2013).

The African-American spiritual has probably been performed as many ways as there are people who have experienced their message, but this is a performance in the classic mold of the composers and arrangers who have treated the spiritual as an art song. With versions that experiment with later layers of African-American rhythm and with the harmonies of the gospel choral tradition, it is refreshing to hear these restrained, straightforward readings, and it is even better to experience their considerable power. Bass-baritone Oral Moses, a professor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, is an extraordinary interpreter of the spirituals, both familiar ones like "Deep River" and the less common ones, such as the crushing "Death Is Gwinter Lay His Cold Icy Hands on Me." In that piece, the traditional diction of the spirituals is retained, as it had to be in order to keep the awesome simplicity of the melodic line. But elsewhere Moses strikes a balance with standard English ("the crucified Christ never says a mumblin' word, not a mumberlin' word"), and great care is taken in finding natural diction that is neither outmoded nor standardized. This is typical of Moses' approach, which is both precise and extremely committed emotionally. He deemphasizes conventional beauty of tone in favor of intense engagement with the words, stretching out the tempo in order to focus on specific ideas. Nothing in his interpretation is new, and indeed the arrangements he uses, dating back as far as William Grant Still, are mostly classics of the genre (the chief representative of the newer school is the late Moses Hogan). But accompanist Rosalyn Floyd keeps the piano in the background, and though the arrangements are artfully sequenced, it's not about the arrangements in the end, but rather about a direct encounter with the spirit that brought these melodies to international prominence in the first place. An extraordinary recording. ~ James Manheim



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>Moore, Undine Smith : Come Down Angels and Trouble the Water
  • Performers: Rosalyn Floyd (Piano); Oral Moses (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moore, Undine Smith : Is There Anybody Here That Loves My Jesus
  • Performers: Rosalyn Floyd (Piano); Oral Moses (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Brown,, Uzee, Jr. : Ain't-a That Good News, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Rosalyn Floyd (Piano); Oral Moses (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Still, William G. : Here's One, for chorus & piano
  • Performers: Rosalyn Floyd (Piano); Oral Moses (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Simpson-Curenton, Evelyn : Lil' David
  • Performers: Rosalyn Floyd (Piano); Oral Moses (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hogan, Moses : Give Me Jesus, arr. for voice & piano
  • Performers: Rosalyn Floyd (Piano); Oral Moses (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Owens, Robert (I) : Cycle of Six Spirituals :: They Crucified My Lord
  • Performers: Rosalyn Floyd (Piano); Oral Moses (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Owens, Robert (I) : Cycle of Six Spirituals :: You May Bury Me in de East
  • Performers: Rosalyn Floyd (Piano); Oral Moses (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Owens, Robert (I) : Cycle of Six Spirituals :: Po' Mourner
  • Performers: Rosalyn Floyd (Piano); Oral Moses (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Owens, Robert (I) : Cycle of Six Spirituals :: I Got a Home in-a Dat Rock
  • Performers: Rosalyn Floyd (Piano); Oral Moses (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Owens, Robert (I) : Cycle of Six Spirituals :: Go on Brother
  • Performers: Rosalyn Floyd (Piano); Oral Moses (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional Spiritual : Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
  • Performers: Johnny Brown (Flute); Rosalyn Floyd (Piano); Oral Moses (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: by 1865

>Traditional Spiritual : Oh Graveyard (Lay This Body Down)
  • Performers: Rosalyn Floyd (Piano); Oral Moses (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.

>Johnson, Hall : Ev'rytime I feel de Spirit, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Rosalyn Floyd (Piano); Oral Moses (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hogan, Moses : Deep River, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Rosalyn Floyd (Piano); Oral Moses (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lloyd Jr., Charles : Death Is Gonna Lay His Cold Icy Hands on Me
  • Performers: Rosalyn Floyd (Piano); Oral Moses (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.

>Traditional Spiritual : Do-Don't Touch-a My Garment, spiritual
  • Performers: Rosalyn Floyd (Piano); Oral Moses (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.

>Traditional Spiritual : Sinner, Please Don't Let This Harvest Pass
  • Performers: Rosalyn Floyd (Piano); Oral Moses (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brown,, Uzee, Jr. : Trampin'
  • Performers: Rosalyn Floyd (Piano); Oral Moses (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary