Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers
Kurt Carr returns with his singers on Awesome Wonder, his third album
on GospoCentric. Picking up where he left off on 1997's No One Else,
and cementing himself as a songwriting tour-de-force, Carr impresses
with his flawless vocal ensemble, masterful band support and unveils
several gems in the process.Producers: Kurt Carr, Jason White, Kevin Bond
album release date: September 19, 2000
Sparkling among them is "In the Sanctuary". Superbly infectious,
the song instantly finds a memory spot and stays there. Typical of
Carr's offerings, the song is a showcase for the vocal powerhouse that
is the Kurt Carr Singers. Power, pinpoint precision, creative phrasing and a refined
rawness characterize the sound here, and throughout the CD. The song
powerfully vamps to oblivion with the repeated phrase, 'yes Lord, for
the rest of my life.'
Like some of his contemporaries (e.g. James Hall, Ricky Dillard), Kurt Carr
brings forth a consistency in sound that doesn't waver with personnel
changes. Newcomer Troy Bright (formerly with C.D. Hawkins and Singers)
makes his tenor debut with The Singers. Making a perfect fit, he
brings forth a clarity and a brilliance of tone. This is particularly
noticeable on "That's Just The Way The Father Is", a ballad in which
he takes solo lead.
Praise and worship cuts are numerous, and
includes the "Worship Medley". Wrapped in piano and swelling strings it
key changes between songs snips. The short reprise interprets "O, How
I Love Jesus" with instrumental fills of wobbly B3 organ sounds. Also
impacting on this vein is "Oh My Soul Loves Jesus" with gorgeous vocals
from Nikki Potts.
"We Declare War" is a lyrical departure for Carr and crew.
Sounding the warning bell, they exhort "every believer all over
the world" to "wake up
and realize" that "Satan is busy destroying this world". With
Maurice Fitzgerald's bass beating out the call to war, Jackie
Boyd-De Raat and Carr trade lead vocals with the chorus "declaring
war against the enemy" and affirming that "he is defeated, Satan's
under our feet".
Latin fever hits seriously on "We Offer You Praise", with a
specially assembled latin band under the direction of Alberto
Salas providing authenticity. Tambales, woodwinds, trombones,
trumpets and specialty percussion are only some of the instruments
that generate the vibe of this high velocity praise setting.
West Angeles COGIC
The West Angeles
Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles has long been known as a Gospel
hotbed on the West coast.
Kurt Carr serves as Creative Director of Music
at the church. Judith Christie-McAllister also attends, so it's not
surprising that several of the players on Awesome Wonder can
also be heard contributing to Judith Christie-McAllister's solo
debut, Send Judah First
The title cut stands alone as the only legitimately urban cut on the
disc. Vocoder and programming set it apart, and while its inclusion
amidst the vocal and instrumental live-feel splendor of the rest of the
album makes the fit a bit awkward, the song itself works quite well.
Filled with an anointed artistry, Awesome Wonder marks yet another high
water mark for Gospel this year.
reviewed by Stan North —
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