When The Saints Go Marching In
is Bradley Sowash’s follow-up to 2001’s “We Gather Together.” Aptly subtitled “Hymns & Spirituals for Solo Jazz Piano,” Sowash combines traditional gospel and jazz stylings with his own contemporary flavor, creating a collection that is fun, inspiring, and uplifting. A pianist with impeccable chops, Sowash’s playing always sounds effortless and spontaneous. Some of the tracks really cook, like “Down By the Riverside” and the title track. Others are more reflective (“Come Ye Disconsolate,” “America,” “Beach Spring,” “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need”), and some are bluesy (“He Never Said a Mumblin’ Word,” “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho,” and the medley of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot/ Michael Row the Boat Ashore”). “Jesu, Jesu” doesn’t really fit any of those categories, but has a beautiful, swirling effect that is full of joy and life. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of Bradley Sowash’s albums, but this one may be my favorite. 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! It is available from bradleysowash.com
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