When Saints Go Marching
Following on the heels of his critically-acclaimed bestseller We Gather Together, Bradley Sowash unleashes When Saints Go Marching; Hymns & Spirituals for Solo Jazz Piano Vol. II. Alternately exhilarating and peaceful, Swing Lo Sweet Chariot, America, and Down By The Riverside are powerfully reinterpreted by an original jazz master. Review Excerpts: JazzReview.com (April 04) 'The latest release by pianist Bradley Sowash is difficult to pigeonhole but very easy to listen to. He combines the playfulness of Vince Guaraldi and the joyfulness of Don Shirley in his interpretation of these classic songs. Reverend R. Cameron Miller wrote the delightful 'tongue-in-cheek' liner notes that imply that God is an improviser. When Saints Go Marching is good jazz that goes beyond religious affiliations. The album rocks!' - Richard Bourcier Cross Rhythms (Mar/Apr 04) United Kingdom Highest Rating - 10 for Indispensable 'Man this dude can play! Such is Bradley's breathtaking technique, at times resembling the delicate cadences of an Art Tatum, at other moments the bluesy touch of a Ramsey Lewis, that I was enthralled throughout. From the joyful stride-style romp of 'Down By The Riverside' to the wistful calm of 'My Shepherd Will Supply My Need' the effect is breathtaking. REAL jazz rather than the pop variety.' - Tony Cummings Solo Piano Publications (Feb. 04) 'A pianist with impeccable chops, Sowash's playing always sounds effortless and spontaneous. Some of the tracks really cook... Others are more reflective... and some are bluesy... 'When the Saints Go Marching In' is strong and exciting from start to finish. Even the cover art and liner notes are exceptionally good. Highly recommended! Great stuff!' - Kathy Parsons Kay3Music.com (Feb. 04) 'An inspiring piece of work!!! My honest expectations were piano solos laid over drum tracks and a generic smooth jazz background. Wrong! This is simple, pure, unadulterated jazz piano.' CBA Marketplace (Jan. 04) 'Those who know the spirituals and hymns will enjoy a new twist on old favorites, but even music fans who aren't familiar with the tunes will appreciate Sowash's expressive playing and innovative arrangements.' - Steve Parolini GOSPELflava.com (Jan. 04) 'With his warm, invigorating style and free-style arrangements, Sowash embeds the familiar tunes of these church melodies and weaves them into a fabric of improvisation. ...carries the vibe and feel experienced by the performer, directly to the listener.' ChristianRockersOnline.com (Dec 03) 'The songs are spiritual yet playful. The songs range from peaceful and soothing to upbeat and rousing in tempo. My favorite cut is the first track, 'Down By The Riverside' which is done in a very upbeat almost honky-tonk sound. If you're looking for a CD filled with good piano music you should find this one to your liking.' - C.W.Ross.