This is a very special
Chased away by
Katrina’s floodwaters, Sound of New Orleans owner and producer
Gary Edwards quickly sought refuge in Houston.
Before long, however,
he began missing his hometown. At the same time, he came to
realize that many of the churches where Sound of New Orleans
gospel groups performed had sustained significant damage.
So, he took it upon
himself to create this compilation of his own favorite tracks
taken from the dozen or so gospel CDs he’d recorded over the
years, partly to provide himself with solace and partly to help
fund church rebuilding.
From the opening deep
rumble of The Zion Harmonizers’ a cappella harmony on “Ezekiel”
to the closing track, a rousing version of “This Little Light of
Mine” by New Orleans street performers David & Roselyn, this
compilation surveys the breadth of New Orleans gospel music in
all its glorious diversity and singular excellence.
While the contemporary
gospel sound is well-represented, this collection’s emphasis is
mainly on traditional favorites (“Old Rugged Cross,” “Amazing
Grace,” Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Wade in the Water’), with
performances equally divided between a cappella harmonies and
rousing full-instrumental arrangements.
Every number is a
standout, and with each new track comes the realization of yet
another perspective capable of illuminating the life of the
spirit as only music can.