February 17, 1994 |
The best gospel music doesn't just sing the praises of the kingdom of heaven--through heavenly harmonies and soul-stirring expressions of faith it can bring a glimpse of that kingdom to Earth. The Mighty Clouds of Joy have been providing such a musical portal for more than three decades now, and as anyone who's seen them live can attest, when they're on, they're as good as gospel ensemble singing gets.
August 17, 1999 |
It required one word to title Sunday's World Festival '99 concert at the Hollywood Bowl: "Hallelujah!" But it was a good one, and in principle a useful organizing theme for a concert devoted to the powerful energies in spiritual music from various parts of the globe. In practice, however, the program had a somewhat bifurcated quality. The first half, for example, had a quality that reached beyond language and into the use of spiritual music as the vehicle for an intense inner voyage.
February 10, 1991 |
The Rev. James Cleveland, the acclaimed "King of Gospel" whose voice was stilled recently by health problems, died Saturday of congestive heart failure, according to his manager, Annette Thomas. He was 59. Cleveland's singing style and commitment to excellence inspired an array of secular singers. Cleveland was admitted to Brotman Medical Center in Culver City on Thursday suffering from respiratory problems, Thomas said.
November 22, 1987 |
* * * 1/2 ARETHA FRANKLIN. "One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism." Arista. "This is not a 'program,' this is a worship service," intones the Rev. Jesse Jackson, interrupting the music for some speechifying on Aretha Franklin's new live double album. In so many words, then, we're not to take Franklin's first gospel effort in 15 years as a mere entertainment --this is church .
February 19, 1994 |
If anybody had the inside track on musical inspiration, you'd think it would be a gospel quartet. That goes double for one as noteworthy as the Mighty Clouds of Joy. But in a performance Thursday that followed mighty clouds of rain across the Southland, the veteran quartet sang too often like modest patches of niceness.
October 10, 1994 |
Everyone knows that gospel music has had a heavy impact on popular music, particularly on the Motown sound and oth& B forms as well as the whole of rock 'n' roll. But just in case that fact had been forgotten, the Mighty Clouds of Joy reinforced the lesson when they blew into Orange Coast College's Robert B. Moore Theatre on Friday. The gospel-rock connection is a two-way street with the Mighty Clouds.