Chanticleer with Bishop Yvette Flunder: How Sweet the Sound (2004)
All pieces were arranged by music director Joseph Jennings and features Bishop Yvette A Flunder, who supplies the bona fide Holy Spirit to these spirited interpretations. Her solos on "Surely God is Able" and the stunning "Amazing Grace" make this disc immediately worth inspection. The medleys ("Soon One Morning," "Sit Down Servant," and "Poor Pilgrim") deftly combine like and disparate themes in a cogent manner displaying reverence, irony, and intelligence and are the most enjoyable selections on the disc. That is not fair. This disc is fabulous. It provides a sonically superior performance of a cappella spirituals, something the current catalog is lacking.
Track Listing: 1. Jesus Hits Like an Atom Bomb; 2. Surely God Is Able; 3. Amazing Grace; 4. Soon One Mornin' Medley: Soon One Mornin'/What You Gon' Do When the World; 5. Didn't It Rain; 6. Sit Down Servant/Plenty Good Room; 7. Keep Your Hand on the Plow (Hold On); 8. My Soul Is a Witness; 9. There Is a Balm in Gilead; 10. Poor Pilgrim Medley: Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child/Poor Pilgrim; 11. Be Still and Know That I Am God.
Personnel: David Alan Marshall, Jesse Antin, Michael Lichtenauer, Christopher Fritzsche, Kevin Baum, Matthew Alber, Jay White, Joseph Jennings, Eric Alatorre, Mark Sullivan, Matthew Oltman, Ian Howell, Philip Wilder.
Record Label: Warner Bros.
Style: Beyond Jazz