Home » Music » Song of the Day


Offertory - The Passionate Shepherd to His Love (feat. Tierney Sutton & Kurt Elling) by Chris Walden

From the album

Album Title: Missa Iubileum Aureum: Golden Jubilee Jazz Mass
Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022


Sign in to view listen count

About the Album

From his own big band albums, to his Grammy-nominated ‘Symphony No. 1,’ or his hundreds of credits in film, TV, and writing for some of the world's biggest artists, composer/arranger Chris Walden has never shied away from monumental musical challenges. With ‘Missa Iubileum Aurem,’ Walden was commissioned by trombonist and Napa Valley entrepreneur Ted Hall, in celebration of his 50th Wedding Anniversary, to find an original approach to melding jazz with the awe-inspiring tradition of the liturgical Mass. Recruiting "cantors" Kurt Elling and Tierney Sutton, along with the Los Angeles and Bay Area artists of the LMR Jazz Orchestra, and organist Simon Berry with St. Dominic’s Schola Cantorum choir, Walden has created a soaring masterpiece. Ted Hall's 55-year dedication to connecting 2000 years of liturgical music with jazz began as trombonist with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Band at The Village Vanguard. Performing on the 1969 national PBS broadcast of The Requiem Mass for Robert Kennedy led to Hall’s first uncompleted work in 1970, followed by a Dmitri Matheny-penned New Millennium Mass, ‘Spiritu Sancto’ - performed at San Francisco's St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, midnight, December 31, 1999 - and ultimately, this ‘Missa Iubileum Aurem,’ celebrating love and the promise of eternal spiritual life, as a singular, joyous Golden Jubilee experience.

Song Listing

Kyrie; Gloria; Alleluia; Credo; Offertory - The Passionate Shepherd to His Love; Sanctus; Memorial Acclamation; Great Amen; Agnus Dei; Communion; Thanks Be to God.


Chris Walden
Kurt Elling
Mary Fettig
Ben Torres
Tom Scott
saxophone, tenor
Steve Steinberg
Aaron Lington
saxophone, baritone
Michael Davis
Jon Brummel
Dan Gordon
Brian Nova
Carlitos del Puerto
bass, electric

Additional Personnel

Curt Moore: vibraphone; Simon Berry: organist & choir director; St. Dominic’s Schola Cantorum: choir.


Date featured

July 21, 2022

This song appears by permission of the contributing artist and/or record company.
It is for personal use only; no other rights are granted or implied.


Song of the Day

Implicit Attitude
Ben Rosenblum
Time Bandits
John Bailey
Clouds and Trees
Antonello Losacco
But Not for Me
Fred Hersch


La Flor de la Canela
Edward Simon
Never Let Me Go
Javon Jackson
The End of Innocence
Billy Childs
Brian McCarthy
Cry Me A River
Hilario Duran
Daniel Hersog
Vince Mendoza
Little Birdie
Vince Guaraldi

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.