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ARTIST
TITLE
Contemporary Jazz Mass
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
JMAN 084LP JMAN 084LP
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RELEASE DATE
4/15/2016

LP version. Includes insert and download code. Limited numbered edition of 1000. A gem of independent Detroit jazz, reissued for the first time. James Tatum's stunning, spiritualized Contemporary Jazz Mass is one of the only true jazz masses ever released. Inspired by Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts, Tatum's masterwork was recorded during its first-ever performance at St Cecilia Church in Detroit, and released on Tatum's own private label in 1974. A professional music educator and jazz composer, Tatum had been working as a teacher in Detroit, and in the long aftermath of the 1967 riots he began teaching music to local children in St Cecilia's. The church commissioned the mass in 1972, and Tatum put together an ensemble of singers from within the church, backed by his own trio and local jazz musicians. Looking toward the great sacred works of Ellington, but with lyrics drawn straight from liturgy, Contemporary Jazz Mass is a unique work of sanctified vocal jazz -- nourishment for the spirit and soul, brought back to you by Jazzman Records as part of its esteemed Holy Grail Series. The CD version also includes Tatum's independent second release, Live at the Orchestra Hall & Paradise Theater (1980). Another breathtaking long-form vocal jazz composition, it was conceived as a trip through the deep history of African-American music, expressing the spirit and sound of the past through the medium of jazz music and song. All tracks fully licensed and digitally restored. Includes comprehensive, detailed liner notes with pictures and information from Jazzman's interviews with James Tatum himself.