Rhoda Scott: Danny Boy/ Lift Every Voice And Sing

Track

Danny Boy/Lift Every Voice And Sing

Artist

Rhoda Scott (organ)

CD

From C To Shining C (Doodlin' 1)

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Musicians:

Rhoda Scott (organ),

Carl Lockett (guitar), Lucien Dobat (drums)

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“Danny Boy” composed by Frederick Weatherly; “Lift Every Voice And Sing” composed by James Weldon Johnson & J. Rosamond Johnson

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Recorded: San Francisco, March 29, 2006

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Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Rhoda Scott knows how to work the sound of gospel into her jazz songs, but her medley of the traditional “O Danny Boy” and the Black National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is something unique. Scott’s hymn-like introduction builds the melody of the first song with all the rhetoric of a country preacher. Her mastery of the instrument allows her great freedom to mix musical elements. Bridging these two songs might be a stretch, and it is difficult to know what Scott is saying with this one, but her musical mastery lets all the brilliance of her gospel style come out. With a prolonged, orchestral ending, Scott provides plenty of excitement by the close of the track.

Reviewer: David Tenenholtz

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