21194, SSA, $2.25
Date released: 2002
Do not pass go without taking a close look at this surprising setting of a classic spiritual. Beginning with an SSA fanfare, the pianist then jumps into an introduction that sets the tone for the rest of the tune. A cross between Scott Joplin’s ragtime and Hoagy Carmichael’s jazz, this is pure fun. Nice contrasts throughout between the syncopated jazz rhythms and more lyrical, “straight” singing keep the audience hooked until the very end. Perfect for a full ladies’ chorus or a small ensemble, and an excellent choice for a program opener or closer.