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Live: I Am The Instrument by Harold Rayford

Cross Rhythms Rating: 8/10
CD: Album
Tags: Live, CD, Jazz, Album
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Live release from the soulful gospel sax player.

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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. With Love
  3. 3. Every Night My Father Prays (Intro)
  4. 4. Every Night My Father Prays
  5. 5. Never Would Have Made It
  6. 6. How Great Is Our God
  7. 7. Ummm (Intro)
  8. 8. Ummm
  9. 9. Hymn Medley (Intro)
  10. 10. Hymn Medley
  11. 11. Alpha And Omega
  12. 12. Down Thru The Years
  13. 13. Dove
  14. 14. When The Music Stops (Intro)
  15. 15. When The Music Stops
  16. 16. Ummm (Reprise)
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8/10

Reviewed by Gareth Hills

If the Yellowjackets had received a church upbringing, their music would probably sound a lot like Harold Rayford. I am always a little apprehensive when it comes to "crossover jazz" albums, as they often feature the kind of music one finds wafting from the speakers of hotel foyers and elevators. This album is a solid testament how an artist can maintain genuine originality and identity without descending to the clichés of soft jazz. Rayford fuses the slickness of crossover jazz with the passion and energy of gospel and has created a very enjoyable album. I particularly liked "Every Night My Father Plays" and the dirty funk of "Ummmm". "Alpha & Omega" is a worship song which plays Rayford's sax against a minimalist gospel choir, and the 'Living For The City' style of "Down Thru The Years" also works well. While the album isn't anything especially groundbreaking, Rayford's playing and arrangements breathe life into the gospel jazz field.

Style: Jazz
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 96293
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Tyscot 014998418723
Items: 1
Release Date: 18 Oct 2010

Live release from the soulful gospel sax player.

Harold Rayford has certainly raised the bar by combining the freedom and expression of Jazz with rich vocals in a setting of the sincere God-focussed spirit of gospel music! Live – I Am The Instrument showcases the true musicianship of Harold Rayford complimented by the masterful blending of voices and instruments by up and coming producer Jeffery Thomas.














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