Duke Ellington’s ‘ A Concert of Sacred Music’ is an album recorded at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York on December 26, 1965.
Track Listing : 1.In The Beginning God (Duke Ellington) – 19:36 . 2.Will You Be There? (Duke Ellington) – 01:23 . 3.Ninety Nine Percent (Duke Ellington) – 02:23 . 4.Ain’T But The One (Duke Ellington) – 03:31 . 5.New World A’Coming (Duke Ellington) – 09:56 . 6.In The Beginning, God Ii (Duke Ellington) – 04:31 . 7.Heritage (Duke Ellington) – 03:42 . 8.The Lord’S Prayer (Duke Ellington) – 03:16 . 9.Come Sunday (Duke Ellington) – 05:30 . 10.David Danced Before The Lord With All His Might (Duke Ellington) – 09:00 . 11.The Lord’S Prayer Ii (Duke Ellington) – 04:56
Musicians : Cat Anderson – Trumpet . Mercer Ellington – Trumpet . Herb Jones – Trumpet . Cootie Williams – Trumpet . Lawrence Brown – Trombone . Buster Cooper – Trombone . Quentin Jackson – Trombone . Chuck Connors – Bass Trombone . Russell Procope – Alto Saxophone, Clarinet . Jimmy Hamilton – Alto Saxophone, Clarinet . Johnny Hodges – Alto Saxophone . Paul Gonsalves – Tenor Saxophone . Harry Carney – Baritone Saxophone . John Lamb – Bass . Louie Bellson – Drums . Brock Peters – Vocals . Ester Marrow – Vocals . Jimmy Mcphail – Vocals . The Herman Mccoy Choir – Choir . Bunny Briggs – Tapdancing On (10)
Production : Produced By Duke Ellington
Package : John R. Bennett – Artwork
Recorded On December 26, 1965 At Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church In New York .
Released 1966 By Rca.
Though Duke Ellington called his first concert of sacred music “the most important thing I’ve ever done,” it might have been more accurately called the most controversial thing he had ever done — even more so than the so-called “Controversial Suite.” […]
The New York Times
In the Sacred Concerts, Ellington took ecumenical ideals seriously. He didn’t write a mass; instead, he wrote songs and suites based on his own texts, juxtaposing celebratory gospel music, his own unsurpassed tunefulness and the reverential tone of European liturgical music. […]
Alison Kerr’s Jazz Blog
This isn’t a concert that’s liable to get the spine tingling just once or twice: according to Tracey, it’s packed with electrifying moments. “The best bits are probably the fusion between the orchestra and the choir – when it’s done correctly, the voice is obviously one of the most moving things in any band, so to get Ellington’s voicings … Two of the pieces are a cappellaand they’re absolutely wondrous. I’ve seen grown man cry at them.” […]