The Essential Mahalia Jackson [Columbia/Legacy]

The Essential Mahalia Jackson [Columbia/Legacy]

by Mahalia JacksonMahalia Jackson


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Mahalia Jackson rewrote the rules for singing gospel in the late '40s by bringing blues phrasing and other secular elements into sacred song, and with her powerful alto, she sang with an immediacy and conviction that are still startling when they break out of the speakers some 30 years after her death. This two-disc set collects tracks from Jackson's long stay at Columbia Records, as well as a few tracks from her previous label, Apollo Records, where she recorded from 1947 until signing with Columbia in 1954. What makes this set feel like more than a greatest-hits collection is the inspired sequencing, which doesn't move chronologically but instead is paced like a concert, helped by the placement of key live tracks, including several from her historic appearance at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. Highlights are almost too many to mention, but her elegant version of "Come Sunday" with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra is majestic in scope, and her interpretations of a pair of Thomas A. Dorsey compositions, "It Didn't Cost Very Much" and "I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song" are definitive. The funky "Let the Church Roll On," featuring some wonderful stop-start stuttering piano work from Mildred Falls, rocks the house, as does the rousing, jazzy version of "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" that is included here. A beautiful and heartbreaking reading of "I've Been Buked" from Columbia's tape archives is another obvious high point. No one could worry over a note like Mahalia Jackson. The Essential Mahalia Jackson makes a marvelous introduction to the Colombia Records era of this powerful and soulful singer, and coupled with the earlier three-disc Apollo Sessions, paints a complete picture of an American treasure.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/02/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998906723
catalogNumber: 89067
Rank: 8182

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mahalia Jackson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Billy Preston   Organ
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Jo Jones   Drums
Shelly Manne   Drums
Ray Nance   Trumpet,Violin
Jimmy Raney   Guitar
Aaron Bell   Bass
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Falls-Jones Ensemble   Ensemble
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Reeds,Alto Saxophone
Walter Page   Bass
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Clifton Best   Guitar
Harry Carney   Baritone Saxophone
Frank Carroll   Bass
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Duke Ellington   Piano
Mildred Falls   Piano,Leader
Addison Farmer   Bass
Bill Graham   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet
Gus Johnson   Drums
Marty Paich   Conductor
Alfred Miller   Organ
Art Ryerson   Guitar
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Drums
Willie Webb   Organ
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Lilton Mitchell   Organ
A. Goodson   Organ
Gordon "Specs" Powell   Drums
Charles Clency   Organ
Tommy Bryant   Bass
Ralph Jones Band   Organ
Keith Mitchell   Bass

Technical Credits

Mahalia Jackson   Arranger,Composer
Roberta Martin   Composer
John Hammond   Producer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
George Avakian   Producer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Bob Fisher   Reissue Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Cal Lampley   Producer
John Lange   Composer
Kenneth S. Morris   Composer
Irving Townsend   Producer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Aaron Love   Adaptation
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Hank Parker   Cover Photo
Horace Clarence Boyer   Liner Notes
C.J. Ward   Composer
Albert Hay Malotte   Composer
Civilla D. Martin   Composer
Jester Hairston   Composer
Harriet E. Smith   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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