Journey From Slavery - Jubilee Suite/The River

Wednesday 11th July 2001
Journey From Slavery - Jubilee Suite/The River
Journey From Slavery - Jubilee Suite/The River

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

By day Ian Gilchrist is a mild mannered GP in Liverpool but at night he grabs his musical instruments and creates majestic musical soundscapes that sweep from the speakers suffused with anointing. With a heart to integrate the prophetic into his music, these pieces are original compositions, mainly instrumental, that take the listener on a musical and spiritual journey. It's music to help you meditate and think but it's devoid of the tinkling blandness that characterises much Christian instrumental recordings. Instead it's rich with melody, particularly when it comes to Ian's excellent sax playing. It's atmospheric and the music is designed as an almighty "selah" where you can consider your life and relationship with God. Arranged more in the manner of classical or progressive music, the album is split into two main suites, each split into smaller parts exploring themes of spiritual slavery and redemption. The most intricate and dramatic is the 10 minute centrepiece "Journey From Slavery" which is split into five different movements. Awash with huge sounds, creative string arrangements and ambient noises, this is beautiful music. If you enjoy the epic music of Iona then this will appeal to you. Ian Gilchrist should be applauded for creating something as musically fulfilling and as spiritually challenging as 'Journey From Slavery'. Get hold of a copy, let it wash over you and as it does, take time to be refreshed and hear the voice of the Spirit leading you to freedom.

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