Archive for April 6th, 2013

Sweet Honey In The Rock: A Tribute – Live! Jazz At Lincoln Center

Sweet Honey In The Rock is an a cappella ensemble of African American women. Members are Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, and Shirley Childress Saxton. The group comprises a rotating cast for many years. The group name has its origin in a quotation from the Bible. From Psalm 81:16 comes the promise to a people of being fed by honey out of the rock.

Blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, Hip Hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation are the styles. In April 2011 the group had two shows at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall. This 2 CD set is compiled from these shows honoring legendary female singers such as Odetta, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba.

The group is supported by Stacey Wade (piano, keyboards), Parker McAllister (bass), and Jovol Bell (drums, percussion). The Group’s specialty consists in vocal harmonies. Each member of the group takes its own functions in different octaves. The onomatopoeia with hiss, rhythm tones and other instrumental interpretations occupies a large space.

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