Lift Every Voice Honoring The African CD (2009)

Artist: Various

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Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
SKU 210679652
UPC 886974392125
UPC 14 00886974392125
Format CD
Release Date 2/17/2009
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Author Various
Technical Info
Producer John F. Hammond; Steven Epstein; Henri Rene; Irving Townsend; Luther Vandross; Robert Mersey; Teo Macero; Thomas & Richard Frost; Bernice Johnson Reagon; Tom Junior Morgan; Luther Hanes; Booker T. Jones
CatalogID 743921
Lable Name Columbia (USA)
Released 02/17/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
UPC 00886974392125
Musical Guests
Crystal Lewis
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Remasterers: Maria Triana; Mark Wilder.
Liner Note Author: Bil Carpenter.
Recording information: Hollywood, CA; New York, NY.
Photographers: Don Hunstein; Clive Barda.
Early in 2009, Carnegie Hall presented a series of concerts under the banner "Honor! A Celebration of the African-American Cultural Legacy," curated by the opera diva Jessye Norman. Taking into account that representing the entire spectrum of black music would be impossible, the shows focused on a number of genres and performers most closely associated with African-American artists. To tie in with the event, the esteemed venue teamed with Sony Classical to produce this two-disc compendium of music taking into account the history of jazz, soul, blues, etc. To avoid the sonic juxtapositions that would result from random sequencing, the song choices are fairly safe (there is no rap, or even rock & roll on the set, for example, despite the pioneering work of Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Fats Domino, to name a few, likely because those artists never performed at Carnegie Hall), and grouped to make for relatively smooth transitions -- Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" is followed by Ella Fitzgerald's "A Tisket-A Tasket" and then Johnny Mathis' "99 Miles from L.A.," hardly causing a jolt. The operatic world is offered via Norman, Leontyne Price and Marian Anderson, jazz by Dizzy Gillespie Miles Davis, and Nancy Wilson, and R&B by Aretha Franklin and Luther Vandross. It's far from definitive, but it doesn't pretend to be. It's also quite listenable, despite the obvious omissions. ~ Jeff Tamarkin
Disc 1
1 Matilda - Harry Belafonte,House Is Not A Home, A - Luther Vandross
2 Ol' Man River - Lawrence Brown/Paul Robeson,Night in Tunisia - Dizzy Gillespie/Don Byas/J.C. Heard/Al Haig/Milt Jackson/Ray Brown/Bill DeArango
3 On Children - Sweet Honey In The Rock,Come Sunday, Pt. IV - Duke Ellington/Mahalia Jackson
4 Move On Up A Little Higher - Mahalia Jackson,Come Home - Andra? Crouch - (featuring Crystal Lewis)
5 So What - Jimmy Cobb/John Coltrane/Miles Davis/Paul Chambers/Bill Evans/Cannonball Adderley,Ain't No Sunshine - Stephen Stills/Bill Withers/Bobbye Porter
6 Let the Bright Seraphim - John Nelson/Wynton Marsalis/Orchestra of St. Luke's/Kathleen Battle,A-Tisket A-Tasket - Ella Fitzgerald
7 Bist Die Ruh', Du - Reginald Boardman/Roland Hayes (previously unreleased),99 Miles From L.A. - Johnny Mathis
8 Erbarme Dich - Robert Shaw/Victor Sinfonietta/Joseph Fuchs/Marian Anderson,Guess Who I Saw Today - Nancy Wilson
9 Bel D, Un - RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra/Erich Leinsdorf/Leontyne Price,Soulville - Aretha Franklin
10 Die Nachtigall - London Symphony Orchestra/Pierre Boulez/Jessye Norman,I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free - Nina Simone
Disc 2
1 Matilda - Harry Belafonte,House Is Not A Home, A - Luther Vandross
2 Ol' Man River - Lawrence Brown/Paul Robeson,Night in Tunisia - Dizzy Gillespie/Don Byas/J.C. Heard/Al Haig/Milt Jackson/Ray Brown/Bill DeArango
3 On Children - Sweet Honey In The Rock,Come Sunday, Pt. IV - Duke Ellington/Mahalia Jackson
4 Move On Up A Little Higher - Mahalia Jackson,Come Home - Andra? Crouch - (featuring Crystal Lewis)
5 So What - Jimmy Cobb/John Coltrane/Miles Davis/Paul Chambers/Bill Evans/Cannonball Adderley,Ain't No Sunshine - Stephen Stills/Bill Withers/Bobbye Porter
6 Let the Bright Seraphim - John Nelson/Wynton Marsalis/Orchestra of St. Luke's/Kathleen Battle,A-Tisket A-Tasket - Ella Fitzgerald
7 Bist Die Ruh', Du - Reginald Boardman/Roland Hayes (previously unreleased),99 Miles From L.A. - Johnny Mathis
8 Erbarme Dich - Robert Shaw/Victor Sinfonietta/Joseph Fuchs/Marian Anderson,Guess Who I Saw Today - Nancy Wilson
9 Bel D, Un - RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra/Erich Leinsdorf/Leontyne Price,Soulville - Aretha Franklin
10 Die Nachtigall - London Symphony Orchestra/Pierre Boulez/Jessye Norman,I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free - Nina Simone
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