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African American Folk Songs & Rhythms

  • 1. Wade In The Water / Didn't My Lord Deliver Danuel / A Man Went Down To The River
    2. Did You Feed My Cow?
    3. Up and Down This Road
    4. Who All Is Here?
    5. That's All Right Julie
    6. No More Auction Block
    7. Who's Gonna Be Your Man?
    8. Cotton-Eyed Joe
    9. Hammer Song
    10. Racing With the Sun
    11. Run and Help Us Tell
    12. This Is the Way I Pray
    13. All Over This World
    14. Rockin' Jerusalem
    15. You Better Mind
    16. Get Away Jordan
    17. Old Time Religion Part I
    18. Old Time Religion Part II
    19. Old Time Religion Part III
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 45003

  • Credits
    ProducerMoses Asch

    & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir.
    Ella Jenkins & The Goodwill Spiritual Choir includes: Ella Jenkins, Treopia Williams, Maggie Bracey, Arthur Logan (vocals).
    Additional personnel: Doris Grimes (piano).
    All tracks have been digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
    Although Ella Jenkins' records were in large part intended for educational use, collections such as this one also endure as strong folk music on its own merits. Frequently accompanied by the Goodwill Spiritual Choir of the Monumental Baptist Church in Chicago, these are strong and committed renditions of African-American folk songs. Plenty of these tunes are well known by both folk fans and the general public, and plenty of listeners may well have heard "Wade in the Water" (the album's standout), "Old Time Religion," "Hammer Song," and "Cotton-Eyed Joe" for the first time here. While the call-and-response interplay between Jenkins and the choir is good, she could also be effective on solo numbers like "Who's Gonna Be Your Man?," on which the only backing to her voice is supplied by minimal percussion that sounds like a stick and hollow drum being tapped. There's also a version of "No More Auction Block," sung by Bob Dylan in the early '60s (although he may have learned it from Odetta's rendition); its melody was adapted for Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind." ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (6-7/99, p.71) - "...a brilliant collaboration between an incredible singer and a talented choir....The songs range from old spirituals to work songs to some of Jenkins' own gospel compositions."
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