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Shades Of Blue - Works By African American Composers


Release Date: 01/30/2001 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 431   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  David Nathaniel BakerStephen Michael NewbyH. Leslie Adams
Performer:  Richard Taylor
Conductor:  Julius P. Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Radio Symphony OrchestraNational Symphony, Washington, D. C.
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The works on this CD represent the rich, imaginative and varied scope of contemporary Black artists' landscapes and musical horizons. The composers, who represent various voices in style, generation and compositional approaches contained within the African American artistic experience, handle the cultural materials in ways that are not only cohesive but eloquent. These efforts further illuminate the attempt of contemporary artists to broaden, stretch, and expand the languages and forms of the modern orchestral culture. This partially live recording of the Prague Radio Symphony and Washington Symphony Orchestra, captures the essence of African American contemporary sacred and secular life through music. This recording does a great service to Read more what composer T.J. Anderson calls, "the duty of the composer to document the culture." David Baker's Shades of Blue was commissioned by and written for the Roanoke Symphony, which premiered it in 1993 under Victoria Bond. The commission specified an orchestral work with a strong jazz influence but not requiring outside soloists. Leslie Adams' Ode to Life was commissioned by the Cuyahoga Community College of Cleveland on the occasion of its 15th anniversary. The composer considers it a "celebration of life itself." Stephen Newby's Gospel Songs were composed for Willis Patterson. They are really a compilation of four gospel songs. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Shades of Blue by David Nathaniel Baker
Conductor:  Julius P. Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Prague Radio Studio, Czech Republic 
Length: 26 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2.
Gospel Songs for Baritone and Orchestra by Stephen Michael Newby
Performer:  Richard Taylor (Baritone)
Conductor:  Julius P. Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 08/18/1999 
Venue:  Catholic University, Washington, D.C. 
Length: 13 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Ode to Life by H. Leslie Adams
Conductor:  Julius P. Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979/1989; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Prague Radio Studio, Czech Republic 
Length: 17 Minutes 50 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Shades of Blue: I. Boogie Down
Shades of Blue: II. Melancholy Blues
Shades of Blue: III. Blues Waltz
Shades of Blue: IV. Blues For a Dancer
Ode to Life
Gospel Songs: No. 1. Jesus is on the mainline
Gospel Songs: No. 2. You ought to tell somebody
Gospel Songs: No. 3. It's you
Gospel Songs: No. 4. God has everything

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