Canopy Music - Jazz In The Sanctuary: Spirit Of The Nation

Tuesday 1st February 2000
Canopy Music - Jazz In The Sanctuary: Spirit Of The Nation
Canopy Music - Jazz In The Sanctuary: Spirit Of The Nation

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Canopy
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Canopy Music are pioneering a brand new method of resourcing Christian music ministry, and this new compilation album draws together some excep­tional British talent to showcase the best in gospel grassroots from across the nation. Best described as inspirational jazz, the fusion of gospel and jazz cap­tured here is astonishing, with excellent musical performances, all crisply recorded, so that this independent release can hold its head up high and battle it out with the majors! A dozen tracks, let me just wise you up to some of the highlights - these are the ones currently blasting out of the Rimmer speakers! There's such a variation but I just love Hutchinson & Gale's "Never Take My Love Away" which has an almost calypso feel to it! (Gospel jazz soul calypso anybody?) Assurance present a Take Six soundalike with their "Free", and Jazz Mission's "Since I Met You Jesus" begins as a beautiful bluesy jazz before real­ly letting it go into jazz overdrive! Just fabulous! The Esscoffrey Sisters have two tracks - the slow burning groove of "Changes" with its cool sax, and the breezy inspirational jazz of "Can He Count On You?". The late night feel of Wayne Ellington's "By Your Side", and the sax and voice combination of Carla Hayles' superb "Anything", round off an excellent album. If you like gospel or jazz, this has got to be in your CD player!

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Sharlene Hector-Lenford Quashie - We Need Him [Listen]
2. Wayne Ellington - By Your Side [Listen]
3. The Escoffery Sisters - Can He Count On You- [Listen]
4. Jermaine - To His Name [Listen]
5. Assurance - Free [Listen]
6. Jazz Mission - Since I Met You Jesus [Listen]
7. Hutchinson And Gale - Never Take My Love Away [Listen]
8. Wood Green Gospel Choir - The Rock [Listen]
9. The Escoffery Sisters - Changes [Listen]
10. Rogers - The Limit Of Your Love [Listen]
11. Clive Brown & The Shekinah Singers - He'll Be There [Listen]
12. Carla Hayes - Anything [Listen]

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