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Songs, Rhythms and Chants for the Dance

  • 1. New Day's Coming Soon, A
    2. I Don't Care Where You Bury My Body
    3. Plenty Good Room
    4. Brother John Sellers
    5. Bad Man From the Badlands, A
    6. Angry Words
    7. I Heard Him Cry This Morning
    8. Please Hurry Home
    9. That's the Way Things Are
    10. What's the Matter With the Team?
    11. Vivo a Vavo, A
    12. Hey Moo Ma Moo Ma Moo Ma Hey
    13. I Climbed a Mountain
    14. Africa Llamando (Africa Calling)
    15. Yemayah, God of the Sea
    16. This Is an Afro Mood
    17. Yemayah, God of the Sea - (TRUE instrumental)
    18. This Is an Afro Mood - (TRUE instrumental)
    19. Let Yourself Go
    20. Long Time, A (Instrumental)
    21. Wading in the Water
    22. Ann Barzel (Dance Reviewer)
    23. Jimmy Payne (Choreographer, Specialist in Afro-Cuban Dance)
    24. Lenore Lutheran (Dance Student)
    25. Gina Martin (Dance Teacher of the Blind)
    26. Genieve Fox (Dance Therapist)
    27. Dudley Williams (Principal Dancer)
    28. Ann Lehnoff (Dance Teacher of Children)
    29. Ruth Page (Choreographer and Director of the Chicago Ballet)
    30. Lorenzo Young (Dance Company Manager)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 45004

  • Credits
    EngineerRay Smithers

    This collection contains Ella Jenkins' SONGS, RHYTHMS & CHANTS FOR THE DANCE and interviews with Ann Barzel, Jimmy Payne, Lenore Lutheran, Gina Martin, Genieve Fox, Dudley Williams, Ann Lehnhoff, Ruth Page, and Lorenzo Young.
    Personnel: Ella Jenkins, Pat Johnson & The Reflections, Burma West, The Larry Novak Trio, Guy Gilbert.
    Producer: Bernadelle Richter.
    Reissue producer: Anthony Seeger, D.A. Sonneborn.
    Recorded at The Imagineers Studio, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Stu Black Sound Studio Inc., Chicago, Illinois. Originally released on FC (7000). Includes liner notes by Ella Jenkins.
    Jenkins crafted this album with the intention of presenting songs that were suitable for children to dance to. They could do that if they were so inclined, but really, you would not guess that this was the purpose of the record if not for Jenkins' accompanying liner notes. Whether it's danced to or not, it's another in a long line of releases that proves Jenkins to be perhaps the best and most intelligent children's recording artist of the 20th century. The songs can be enjoyed by both kids and adults, and even if it's just kids that are listening, adults can be assured that these are performances that won't insult their intelligence by playing down to them. Musically it's very solid and often bluesy, and it boasts better sound than many other Folkways releases (including some of Jenkins'). The material and arrangements are varied to avoid homogeneity, some songs making use of full vocal choruses, some using basic guitar accompaniment, some based around chants, others getting into rather jazzy grooves with electric organ. (Actually, three numbers played by the Larry Novak Trio are not just jazzy, but actual jazz.) The disc concludes with a few interviews about dance, not just with dancers but also with a dance student, a dance reviewer, a dance teacher of the blind, choreographers, and so forth. Not the kind of selections many will listen to repeatedly, perhaps, but as they're all placed together at the end they don't impede the flow of the music. ~ Richie Unterberger

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