Richard Smallwood - Quintessential Collection

Published Monday 3rd March 2008
Richard Smallwood - Quintessential Collection
Richard Smallwood - Quintessential Collection

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 23979-13237
LABEL: EMI Gospel EGD86435
RELEASE DATE: 2007-06-08
RRP: £10.76

Reviewed by Paul Poulton

If you sometimes wonder what Richard Smallwood got up to between the years of 1975 and 1993 this CD will give you the answer. Furthermore, if you blended Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Oscar Peterson and Andrae Crouch you may end up with a musical smoothie fairly close to the flavour of Richard's recorded work. It's a gospel synthesis not to everyone's liking, but I for one am quite intrigued by the amalgamation of styles. In the instrumental "The Lord's Prayer" Richard has a way of making one repeated chord agreeable, if not exciting. Occasionally the classical side of the man overcomes the gospel side and the fluctuation in tempo is what you would expect from a concert pianist, but loses the steady groove needed for gospel singing. The man also gets a little arpeggio happy and can't seem to stop his fingers running all over the fingerboard like miniature Keystone cops wondering where to run next. Having said that, the Richard Smallwood Singers are worthy of note and the reason they don't seem spectacular now is because of the age of some of the tracks, and gospel music has been moving along apace since those days. But when their full steam ahead vocals get going as in "Wonderful Counsellor", it's hard to resist the pull.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. In The Shelter [Listen]
2. The Lord's Prayer [Listen]
3. Take The Pain Away [Listen]
4. The Light [Listen]
5. Wonderful Counselor [Listen]
6. Great Is Thy Faithfulness [Listen]
7. I Won't Be Troubled [Listen]
8. Come Unto Me [Listen]
9. Smallwood Medley: Glorify The Lord/You Sure Been Good To Me/All I Have Is Yours/I Love The Lord/Psalm 8 (How Excellent Is Thy Name)/Your Love Divine/He Won't Leave You/So Glad I'm Here/Holy, Holy/I've Got Something/The Resurrection/Joy Will Come/Holy Spir [Listen]

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