Monday, August 16, 2010

"Walking Through Heaven's Gate"

What music this is! For those who have been to the Gospel Tent at Jazzfest it's a trip back. Haven't been there, this is a reason to go. Recorded in a Treme church, Glen David Andrews, with a joyous choir and a band that can be both raucous and sublime, lights up the sanctuary and fires up the crowd. If this is religion, I'm there.

Picking a favorite among the traditional hymns and songs here is not easy but I'll go with "We Shall Walk Through the Streets of the City". There is such a rush of enthusiasm and spontaneity in this performance. Trombone Shorty, Glen's cousin, plays a trumpet that sends chills through my body. The effect is beyond understanding, perfect for a building that preaches faith.

This seems to be a limited CD print financed by true believers in New Orleans and its music. It's available on Amazon with a few day delay and a price that is higher than most. Buy one while they're still available, and there will be no regrets.


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