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There Breathes a Hope: The Legacy of John Work II and his Fisk Jubilee Quartet 1909-1916 - Work Ii,John Wesley / Fisk Univ Jubilee Quartet

Work Ii,John Wesley / Fisk Univ Jubilee Quartet
Release Date: 11/09/2010 
Label:  Archeophone   Catalog #: 5020  
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Disc One

1. “I guess you’ve heard of Professor John Work . . .” (Rev. Jerome I. Wright)
2. I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray
3. Old Black Joe
4. Roll Jordan Roll
5. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
6. There Is a Balm in Gilead
7. When Malindy Sings (James A. Myers)
8. Golden Slippers
9. Little David Play on Yo’ Harp / Shout All Over God’s Heaven
10. The Great Campmeeting
11. “He had one of the sweetest tenor voices . . .” (Rev. Jerome I. Wright)
12. Po’ Mo’ner Got a Home at Last
13. In Bright Mansions Above
14. My Soul Is a Witness
15. Done What You Told Me to Do
16. I Know the Lord Laid His Hands on Me
17. Band
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18. In the Morning (James A. Myers)
19. The Ole Ark / Brethren Rise, Shine
20. Good News / Wasn’t That a Wide River
21. “We made it sound like a pipe organ . . .” (Rev. Jerome I. Wright)
22. Crossing the Bar
23. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
24. All Over This World
25. Shout All Over God’s Heaven / Little David

Disc Two

1. My Soul Is a Witness
2. Roll Jordan Roll
3. The Band of Gideon
4. The Great Campmeeting
5. Peter on the Sea / The Ole Ark
6. Banjo Song (James A. Myers)
7. “Jubilee Hall up there is called ‘frozen music’ . . .” (Rev. Jerome I. Wright)
8. Shout All Over God’s Heaven
9. There Is a Light Shining for Me
10. Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray
11. Steal Away to Jesus
12. River of Jordan
13. Little David Play on Your Harp
14. “See, we sang ‘spirituals’—interpreted them as the slaves did. . . .” (Rev. Jerome I. Wright)
15. The Old Tunes (James A. Myers)
16. O Mary, Don’t You Weep, Don’t You Mourn
17. In That Great Gettin’ Up Mawnin’
18. Brethren Rise!
19. Good News, The Chariot’s Coming
20. The Great Camp Meeting
21. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
22. “These students are far removed from what we were . . .” (Rev. Jerome I. Wright)
23. I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray
24. Shout All Over God’s Heaven / Little David

Stung by critics who perceived spirituals as painful reminders of slavery, uplifted by the praise of royalty and world-renowned artists, John Wesley Work II toiled for three decades at Fisk University with single-minded determination to promulgate the good news of jubilee songcraft. Here for the first time his story is told in vivid detail by celebrated author Doug Seroff, accompanied by the 43 extant selections recorded by the Fisk Quartet when Work led the group—including all nine legendary Edison cylinders that feature Roland Hayes as second tenor and the four recitations of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poetry by James A. Myers. The selections are introduced by spoken excerpts from Rev. Jerome I. Wright, one of the last living Fisk students to have sung under John Work’s direction. Two CDs, more than 100 pages of history and illustrations, and recording notes by Tim Brooks, author of Lost Sounds, give voice to the bondsman’s hope and breath to the freedman’s courage.
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