Live At The Grove
As a songwriter for Dottie
Peoples, you most assuredly have heard his compositions, which include Dottie's hits,
"First Class Physician", "All My Help" and "Begin Again".
Minister Eddie Robinson is also credited with the title cut of the GMWA Mass Choir's latest
project, What He's Done, which was recorded in Philly in 1998. Producer: Norris Garner
album release date: late 1999
Robinson's gift for traditional
choir songwriting and arrangement finds another outlet on this, his
debut recording, Live At The Grove. Robinson puts together 14 songs on the project, weaving together
piano-accented bandwork, choice lead vocals from an unheralded team and
an undeniably anointed choir flava from Atlanta's Greater Piney Grove
Mass Choir and The Fellowship Chorale, at the Greater Piney
Grove Baptist Church,
where Robinson has previously served as Minister of Music.
Touching on project highlights isn't difficult. Alto Shirley Rouse's very
determination in belting out the lead for "I Know Who I Am" takes the number beyond
standard fare, and exemplifies the spirit of the lyrics. The cut includes a short
instrumental reprise that carries on the traditional groove laid by the song proper.
On the acappella tip,
Robinson takes the spiritual, “Walk In Jerusalem Just
Like John”, and transforms it into a cut entitled, “I Want To Be Ready”,
transforming it into inventive choir-part polyphony. The song also
includes a powerful but brief
classical lead from Geraldine Huff.
Church choirs looking for new Sunday morning hit material need look no further than the
melody-driven and rhythm-heavy "Jesus Is His Name", on which Robinson himself
takes lead vocals. "I'm In Your Hands" is another one that will catch
a director's ear.
Production throughout this project from Chosen Records is commendable, as producer
Norris Garner succeeds in capturing the live feel so crucial to the traditional genre, without
sacrificing sound quality. Sound from choir, soloist and band is crisp and evenly mixed from beginning to end of the
62 minutes on the disc.
This is a traditional
choir masterwork all the way, crammed with anointed church-bound creations,
establishing that Minister Eddie Robinson is one of today’s premiere traditional
songwriters and choral arrangers.
reviewed by Stan North —
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