21195, TTBB, $2.25
Date released: 2002
Do not pass go without taking a close look at this surprising setting of a classic spiritual. Beginning with a TTBB 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. Accessible to almost any church or high school men’s chorus that has one or two true first tenors, and a good pick for experienced quartets. Perfect for a concert opener or closer.