Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

4

Cantus: A Harvest Home

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
There are two major names on the block regarding male vocal ensembles: San Francisco's Chanticleer and Minneapolis' Cantus. The latter releases A Harvest Home, a collection of Autumn pastoral affairs celebrating the traditional season of Thanksgiving. This follows last year's release of Songs of a Czech: Dvorak and Janacek for Men's Voices (Cantus, 2013), a fine if narrowly focused affair. With the Christmas holiday market clotted with recordings, it made perfect sense of Cantus to branch out into the anticipatory period before to celebrate Fall in all its kind and gentle glory.

Programming for such a recording is beautifully wide-open in that almost any pastoral rhyme. The program is tall and wide, ranging from the 18th to the 21st Century. Necessarily, a wealth of these songs come from the American Protestant Frontier, the disc opener, "For the Beauty of the Earth" being representative example. Tenor Paul John Rudoi's arrangement makes the piece a soft but sturdy message of stewardship and care. "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" arrives in the same vein.

"We Gather Together" is tantalizing brief but dense in its beauty spirit. Tenor Aaron Humble's arrangement is lush and vibrant with a perceptible throb of life pulsing in it. The quartet of "Fiddle Tune," "Turkey in the Straw," "Simple Gifts" and "How Can I Keep From Singing" comprise the Americana core of the recording, manifesting in the musical-structural genius expressed in the traditional instrumental "Fiddle Tune" transformed into classical vocalese.

"Turkey in the Straw" comes off like an Aaron Copland patriotic seizure experienced by Charles Ives. It is beautiful and full-bodied like home brew right out of the kettle. "Simple Gifts" may enjoy its finest treatment in the hands of Cantus. It is a sumptuous harmonic and melodic feast that transcends as it transports the listener to a more simple and Romantic time.

Fall is the welcoming of Winter, it is a time of winding down and being grateful. Cantus has caught this promise from across the globe and distilled it into a seasonal offering that smells of apples and roast turkey. Please pass the cider...

Track Listing: For the Beauty of the Earth; The Pasture; America the Beautiful; Would You Harbor Me?; My Journey Yours; Come, Ye Thankful People, Come; We Gather Together; Holy Manna; Food, Glorious Food; Tyteberet; Trinklied; Fiddle Tune; Turkey in the Straw; Simple Gifts; How Can I Keep From Singing?; A Thankful Heart; Eventide.

Personnel: David Walton, tenor; Chris Foss, bass; Gary Ruschmann, tenor; Samuel Green, bass; Aaron Humble, tenor; Adam Reinwald, baritone; Paul John Rudoi, tenor; Shahzore Shah, tenor; Matthew Tintes, baritone.

Title: A Harvest Home | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop

Start your shopping here and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Live at the Black Musicians' Conference, 1981 Album Reviews
Live at the Black Musicians' Conference, 1981
By John Sharpe
January 20, 2019
Read More Than One Thing Album Reviews
More Than One Thing
By Gareth Thompson
January 20, 2019
Read Wandering Monster Album Reviews
Wandering Monster
By Roger Farbey
January 20, 2019
Read Pattern Recognition Album Reviews
Pattern Recognition
By Chris M. Slawecki
January 20, 2019
Read Come And Stay With Me: The UK 45's 1964-1969 Album Reviews
Come And Stay With Me: The UK 45's 1964-1969
By Doug Collette
January 19, 2019
Read Beggars Banquet 50th Anniversary Edition Album Reviews
Beggars Banquet 50th Anniversary Edition
By Doug Collette
January 19, 2019
Read Circuits Album Reviews
Circuits
By Sammy Stein
January 19, 2019