Hymns & Spirituals
Hymns & Spirituals is good news. It's a half-hour of enlightenment, joy and musical insight into the human condition. Five years in the making, this record represents many things, among them the realization of a dream of bandleader and tenor saxophonist Mark Sterbank. Mark formed the band, The Mark Sterbank Jazz Group, so he and his near-and-dear colleagues could express themselves in a jazz way as they explore American sacred music for all it's depth, beauty and soul. From the top, there's no mistaking that this record makes a jazzy, joyful noise unto the Lord. This recording is a result of carefully considered planning and execution. It is sure to stand the test of time. Jack McCray author of 'Charleston Jazz' Mark Sterbank, tenor saxophone Charlton Singleton, trumpet Fred Wesley, trombone Tommy Gill, piano Herman Burney, Jr., bass Quentin Baxter, drums.