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Various Artists
Gospel Music

Like blues, gospel has influenced nearly every genre of popular music — from barbershop and doo-wop to R&B and soul to hip-hop, funk and rock. This collection gathers work from many of the artists gospel launched into the mainstream — Mahalia Jackson, the Staple Singers and Sam Cooke — as well as innovators who are little known outside the genre.

Gospel music itself spans a variety of styles and moods, from plaintive, spiritual-based laments to syncopated, polyrhythmic, tightly harmonized grooves. Among the slower, solo cuts, Dorothy Love Coats' smoldering "Strange Man" is a highlight, with her rough-edged alto soaring over a righteous bedrock of organ and brush-slapped drums and tambourine. Even better is Mavis Staples' ravishing, melisma-laced "Stand by Me," where every note smokes and billows with feeling. These are deep-throated, powerful female singers, whose grit and groove could (and in Staples' case, did) put sexual heat into more secular compositions. Mahalia Jackson's "My God Is Real" shimmers angelically in comparison over a church-y swell of organ.

The faster, choral cuts have a Sunday-meeting exuberance, all tight harmonies and polyrhythmic interplay. The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, one of the leading gospel quartets of the 1930s and 1940s, contributes a complex-rhythmed version of the traditional hymn "Go Where I Send Thee," their vocal lines criss-crossing in geometrically precise patterns before joining in euphoric multi-part harmonies. The Five Blind Boys of Alabama also work mostly a cappella, coaxing complex cadences from interlocking voices and handclaps in "This May Be the Last Time." The Violinaires take this syncopated style into harder-rocking territory, with electric guitars, tambourine and bar-room piano, in the feverish "What He Done for Me."

This is wonderful stuff, both on its own terms, and as a precursor to so many kinds of music — from Stax and Motown through more melodically based forms of hip-hop. It's frustrating, though, that the liner notes are so sparse. They're little more than a track listing, really, and in no way do justice to the many lives and musical oeuvres represented here.

by Jennifer Kelly

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