The Jaffo Gate Quartet - Home Again

Published Sunday 27th January 2008
The Jaffo Gate Quartet - Home Again
The Jaffo Gate Quartet - Home Again

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 33463-13437
RELEASE DATE: 2007-10-31
RRP: £11.99

Reviewed by Andy Cooper

The Jaffo Gate Quartet are four singers and five musicians from the Netherlands who perform spirituals and songs made famous by the gospel quartets of the 1940s such as the Golden Gate Quartet and the Mills Brothers. They take barbershop vocal arrangements and marry them with jazz and blues rhythms. Most of the tracks here are performed with a small but accomplished jazz band (drums, bass, guitar, piano and sax), and some of the songs will be well known to pretty much every jazz, blues and gospel music fan alive: "Down By The Riverside", "When The Saints", "Go Down Moses", "Joshua" and so on. The Jaffo guys (named after the ancient entrance to the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem) sound fairly authentic, and it's always a thrill to hear such a deep bass vocalist, though it's kind of strange to hear this music without the old pops and crackles of an old '78! However, there is possibly too much vibrato in the first tenor during the faster numbers, and you can't help wondering if a kind of Dutch accent is creeping into the diction, even though they all look to be of African-American origin. The slower numbers, such as "Alabama Bound" and "Peace In The Valley", are much more suited to their vocal style, but they are able to keep it light hearted and energetic when called for, as in "Swing Down Sweet Chariot" and "Shadrack". I'd love to see these guys live: I imagine they would provide a great party atmosphere, and win many new fans over to this rich vintage musical genre.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. When The Saints [Listen]
2. Nobody Knows [Listen]
3. Lord In My Heart [Listen]
4. Swing Down [Listen]
5. Shadrack [Listen]
6. Miss Otis Regrets [Listen]
7. I Will Be Home Again [Listen]
8. What A Time [Listen]
9. There Is A Man [Listen]
10. Peace In The Valley [Listen]
11. They Ring Them Golden Bells [Listen]
12. There Is A Light [Listen]
13. Only Believe [Listen]
14. Woman At The Well [Listen]
15. Somebody Knonking At Your Door [Listen]
16. Eep River [Listen]

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Product Description
Relive the golden age of gospel quartets
with the most recognised spirituals, as
performed by the Jaffo Gate Quartet.

Renowned for their swinging vocal style,
this group have placed the gospel songs of
old back home where they belong: at the
centre of attention.

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