William Edgar | Heaven In A Nightclub

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Heaven In A Nightclub

by William Edgar

Featuring bass virtuoso, John Patitucci among others, this concert recording captures a stunning journey of music and history in which the deep misery and deep hope of African-Americans emerges through spirituals, jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz quartet
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1. Autumn Leaves
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2. On Jazz
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3. Renewal
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8:20 album only
4. On Spirituals
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3:29 album only
5. Motherless Child
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6. Intro to Bass solo
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7. Jesus is on the Mainline
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8. On Underground Railroad
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9. Train Underground
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10. I Want Jesus to Walk With Me
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11. On Amistad
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12. Lord Don’t Move that Mountain
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13. On Duke Ellington
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14. Come Sunday/ David Danced Before the Lord
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15. Lay My Burden Down
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16. Wade in the Water
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
On the warm evening of May 5th, 2007, the trees of Central Park grew long shadows as a crowd filed into the Ethical Culture Society across the street. The occasion was “Heaven in a Nightclub”—a benefit concert for Chesterton House, a Center for Christian Studies at Cornell University. Few people, I imagine, knew what they were getting into.

As Master of Ceremonies Andy Crouch introduced it, going to “Heaven” is much more than just attending a concert, it’s a journey. A journey of music and history in which the deep misery and deep hope of African-Americans emerges through spirituals, jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues. Indeed, the usual boundaries between concert, lecture, worship service and—I dare say—spiritual experience, soon were happily blurred.

The first three tracks introduce us to Joe’s mellifluous sax, Bill’s unusual combination of musicianship and scholarship, and Ruth’s angelic vocals, all undergirded by John’s virtuoso bass, later highlighted on “Jesus is on the Mainline.” But it was during “Motherless Child” that I first noticed people crying, and during which I think most of us realized this was no ordinary concert.

Having been transported by Ruth’s climactic vocals on “Come Sunday” to a place where sorrow is dissolved by joy, “Lay my Burden Down” served as a benediction of sorts, facilitating our return from the journey back to the world of time and space. “Wade in the Water,” a second encore that even I did not expect, was the musicians’ parting gift to all who came.

The concert experience was, as one person put it, “beyond spectacular.” May this recording, which captures the sound and spirit of this stunning event extremely well, give you great joy, as well as a window into the mission and vision of the Chesterton House ministry.

Karl E. Johnson
Chesterton House Director


ARTISTS:

DR. WILLIAM EDGAR, educated at Harvard University, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Université de Genève, is Professor of Philosophical Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary and the author of several books. Also a pianist and popular conference speaker, his articles on the history of jazz and blues include "Ain't it Hard: Suffering and Hope in the Blues," and "The Deep Joy of Jazz."

RUTH NAOMI FLOYD is an acclaimed vocalist-composer and recording artist of several CDs, including Root to the Fruit and Fan Into Flame. "My appreciation for gospel singers has always begun and ended with Mahalia Jackson--until, that is, I heard Ruth Naomi Floyd's Fan Into Flame." -Christopher Louden, Jazz Times. "Ruth Naomi Floyd's artistry eliminates the need to choose between the sonic pleasure of jazz and the timeless message of the Gospel. Her work is the future." -Teresa L. Reed, author, The Holy Profane: Religion in Black Popular Music.

JOHN PATITUCCI is one of the leading jazz bassists in the world, having been selected as Best Jazz Bassist in both Guitar Player Magazine and Bass Player Magazine multiple times. He has received two Grammy Awards (one for playing and one for composing), over fifteen Grammy nominations, and his first solo recording went to number one on the Billboard Jazz charts. He has played and recorded with B.B. King, Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Sting, Wynton Marsalis, Carly Simon and others. In 2003, John was appointed Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at City College.

JOE SALZANO has been a professional musician and composer for 35 years, teaching and performing on saxophone and clarinet. In January 2000, while at Canton-Potsdam Hospital Drug & Alcohol Rehab, Joe received Jesus Christ and was set free from lifelong alcohol and drug addiction, as well as miraculously healed of a fatal liver disease. As a result of his faith in Christ, his musical direction has changed dramatically and has met its purpose in glorifying God and passing on to the next generation a commitment to artistic passion, integrity, and freedom.

All proceeds from the sale of this CD go to support the operations of the Chesterton House ministry.


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Drew Trotter

Heaven in a Nightclub
Wonderful, subtle interpretations. Very moving. The explanations (of jazz and the songs' backgrounds, etc.) by Bill Edgar are at least unusual, if not unique (they certainly are in my experience). Really an amazing CD.

Rodney and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Jazz CD that Captures the Sound and Spirit of a Live Concert
“Heaven In A Nightclub” by William Edgar captures the sound and spirit of a live concert combining elements of jazz, spirituals, blues and gospel. This concert was obviously meant to be a spiritual experience as well as a musical one. These skillful musicians take you on a journey through history, from deep sorrow to indistinguishable joy. They begin the set with a spirited interpretation of the jazz standard “Autumn Leaves” and the fiery “Renewal,” with the melodic sax of Joe Salvano and the soulful vocals of Ruth Naomi Floyd flowing on top of the rhythmic piano of William Edgar, all anchored by bass virtuoso John Patitucci. Edgar also offers commentary throughout, including his thoughts on the Underground Railroad and jazz composer Duke Ellington. “Motherless Child” begins with an emotional bass intro by Patitucci, continuing with Floyd’s smooth, silky vocals while Edgar provides a subtle piano backdrop. “Jesus is on the Mainline” is an expressive and passionate solo piece from Patitucci, and his enormous talent is evident from the first note. “Train Underground” features sizzling vocals from Floyd, once again driven by the strong, unwavering bass of Patitucci. “Lay My Burden Down” is an energetic gospel tune, getting the crowd involved and showcasing the immense vocal abilities of Floyd. This release will be enjoyed by fans of jazz, blues, and gospel music in the vein of both Duke Ellington and Mahalia Jackson.

W. Glenn Jamison, M.D.

Heaven in a Nightclub
This is jazz to bring you to tears - and joy. The gentle explanations of William Edgar are seamlessly interwoven, and are never intrusive but always deepen one's appreciation of the origins of the genre. The individual artists are at the top of their fields, as their virtuosic riffs reveal. Hear it!

RadioIndy.com

Congratulations on GrIndie Award
“Heaven In A Nightclub” by William Edgar captures the sound and spirit of a live concert combining elements of jazz, spirituals, blues and gospel. This concert was obviously meant to be a spiritual experience as well as a musical one. These skillful musicians take you on a journey through history, from deep sorrow to indistinguishable joy. They begin the set with a spirited interpretation of the jazz standard “Autumn Leaves” and the fiery “Renewal,” with the melodic sax of Joe Salvano and the soulful vocals of Ruth Naomi Floyd flowing on top of the rhythmic piano of William Edgar, all anchored by bass virtuoso John Patitucci. Edgar also offers commentary throughout, including his thoughts on the Underground Railroad and jazz composer Duke Ellington. “Motherless Child” begins with an emotional bass intro by Patitucci, continuing with Floyd’s smooth, silky vocals while Edgar provides a subtle piano backdrop. “Jesus is on the Mainline” is an expressive and passionate solo piece from Patitucci, and his enormous talent is evident from the first note. “Train Underground” features sizzling vocals from Floyd, once again driven by the strong, unwavering bass of Patitucci. “Lay My Burden Down” is an energetic gospel tune, getting the crowd involved and showcasing the immense vocal abilities of Floyd. This release will be enjoyed by fans of jazz, blues, and gospel music in the vein of both Duke Ellington and Mahalia Jackson.