Jubilation VIII - A Cappella Plus

Track listing:

1 Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrica (Lord Bless Africa) - 2:50

(Music, E Sontonga: Lyrics, C. J. Langenhoven)

2 Kwa Unyenyekevu - 3:49

(Traditional - Luhya Language - Kenya)

3 Ain' -a Dat Good News -1:58

(Traditional)
Arranged by William L. Dawson

4 Zion's Walls - 5:14

(Traditional)
Arranged by William L. Dawson

5 Great Day - 2:17

(Traditional)
Arranged by William L. Dawson
Millie Tresierra, soloist

6 Hail Mary - 3:56

(Traditional)
Arranged by William L. Dawson

7 Just A Little Talk With Jesus - 2:40

(Traditional)
Arranged by Cleavant Derricks

8 The Storm Is Passing Over - 2:24

(Traditional)
Arranged by Charles A. Tindley

9 Elijah Rock - 2:54

(Traditional)
Arranged by Jester Hairston

10 Plenty Good Room - 3:23

(Words and Music by Kirby Shaw)
Mélodie Farkas-Dayle and Karel Forestal, soloists

11 Fix Me - 2:23

(Traditional)
Arranged by Trevor W. Payne

12 Mary Had A Baby - 2:22

(Traditional)
Arranged by William L. Dawson
Chester Doxas, soprano saxophone

13 Geographical Fugue (for Speaking Chorus) - 2:53

(Ernst Toch)

14 I'm Gonna Sing - 1:38

(Traditional)
Arranged by Maurice Gardner

15 Sonata Pathétique - 5:16

Sonata No.18, Opus 13
Second Movement; Adagio Cantabile
(L. V. Beethoven)
Trevor W. Payne, piano

Jubilation VIII - A Cappella Plus
CD#: Just 167-2
Recorded at Studio Victor - Montreal, Canada
February 3, October 6, and October 13, 2001
Recording Engineer: William Szawlowski
Assisted by Louis Legault

All vocal arrangements by Trevor W. Payne
Unless otherwise stated
Instrumental arrangements by
Andrew Homzy and Trevor W. Payne

On this recording, the 35 member Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir employs 9 instrumentalists as well.

The sound of “A Cappella Plus” is rendered more eclectic by some unusual instrumental accompaniment: “ Great Day” is accompanied by a street band in the New Orleans tradition, while “Hail Mary” features a bassoon and an English horn among others.

The Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, under the direction of Trevor W. Payne, has in the past decade evolved into what is now considered to be one of the world’s finest choirs.

The choir’s first record, “Highway To Heaven”, was recorded live and released in 1986 by Justin Time Records and it has been three years since the Choir’s last release, “Jubilation VII - Hamba Ekhaya”. They’ve spent most of their time since then touring internationally and researching new material to extend their already rich repertoire.

Traditionally, the Choir’s Christmas Concerts at St. James United Church in Montreal is THE occasion to present new tunes and include special guests in their performance.

With the dawning of the new millennium, the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir has expanded its horizons to include appearances and collaborations with icons in the classical music field including the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and I Musici of Montreal