Various Artists
Worship and Prayze, Volume 1

The same instrumental maestros who secured the musical foundation of the strong Quiet Times series from Harborwood Records step to the plate on Worship and Prayze Vol. 1, to deliver some great interpretations of contemporary Gospel hits.

That Ralph Lofton, Jonathan Dubose Jr., Derrick Jackson and Donald HayesThe Quiet Time Players —know how to serve it up, there is no question.

Worship and Prayze, Volume 1 CDThis time around, the menu items comes courtesy of songwriters ranging from John P. Kee to Sandra Crouch to Kurt Carr.

Donald Hayes works his saxophone into a state on Carr’s hit, “In The Sanctuary”, and switches the tone to mellow on the praise classic “Awesome God”. John P. Kee’s “I Do Worship” is regenerated by Hayes’ subtle phrasing as well.

Dubose Jr. tackles a couple of cuts, with Kee’s “Clap Your Hands” and Fred Hammond’s infectious “When The Spirit of the Lord” being perfect platforms to allow him to buzz the praise with his gloriously joyous guitar work.

Keyboards are front and center elsewhere on this keeper, with Derrick Jackson’s piano and Ralph Lofton’s organ laying down beds of grooves. Richard Smallwood’s “Magnify His Name” and Sandra Crouch’s “My God, How Excellent Is Your Name” stand out.

The beauty behind this album concept is that each of these songs are hits in their own rights, and no doubt, you’ll find yourself singing the words to the delicious interpretations that are laid down on disk.

Producers: Various
album release date: January, 2002
Harborwood Records

— reviewed by Stan North

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