THE GATHERING "Healing Suite" Recordin'-Release From: The 'new' World STAGE (virtual) Concert Series - Livestream 'n Archived ~ Fri., Jan. 21st, 8PM PT *updatez*

   "Jesse Sharps, Kamau Daáood, & Dwight Trible are coming together w/ Theo Saunders, & others to celebrate the release of "Healing Suite," the new album from The Gathering. (pictured above) This album was recorded live at the Mayme Clayton concert in 2015 & Kamau & Dwight will be performing special selections from the album, including Kamau's title track Healing Suite. Dwight Trible will be performing a very special version of Strange Fruit that he recorded w/ Saunders at the concert in 2015, which is also featured on the album". - Tom Page, Director & Producer


"This Friday Jan 21 @ 8pm, be sure to tune in to The World Stage for their Fri night (J)azz series which features the magnificent multi instrumentalist, Jesse Sharps & The Gathering, featuring world renowned poet & co-founder of The World Stage w/ Billy Higgins, Kamau Daaood; vocalist extraordinaire & present Executive Director of The Stage, Dwight Trible; master pianist Theo Saunders; rising sax star Randal Fisher; & bass master Edwin Livingston !!! Tune in to The World Stage FB page or You Tube channel & dont forget to DONATE!" - Chuck Koton, Photography, Writer...

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Comment by DojO- on January 16, 2022 at 7:23am

Re: MetalJazz convocation

Record review: The Gathering, "Healing Suite." Use your words.

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The oral tradition, as much as the instrumental one, marks this recording selected from a 2015 concert by the Gathering. The occasion was already historic -- a reunion of South L.A. jazzfolk who had assembled in 2005 to celebrate the four-decade Horace Tapscott legacy. Young and old, the more recent incarnation spoke up behind a mission of message and purpose, and Wayne Peet's microphones were present to document.

Maia scream-sang without straying from a keen melodic sensibility, even while reminding us to remember the dark 400 years. Dwight Trible searched the limits of range and intonation as he referenced a couple of great mothers -- his own, and the mother of modern jazz singing, Billie Holiday, whose "Strange Fruit" provided a vehicle for unrestrained exorcism. Kamau Daáood roared his poetry, making his people visualize the barbed wire wrapped around their hearts but insisting that their prayers could cut through the air like a virus.

Even the instruments seemed to speak: the rapping traps and chanting congas of Fritz Wise and Derf Reklaw; the eloquent bass solo of Roberto Miranda; the pillow-talk trombone of Phil Ranelin; the declamatory bass clarinet of bandleader Jesse Sharps.

Since every conversation requires an atmosphere, the 15-member Gathering arrayed the room with musical drapes and chandeliers fit for a state banquet. Theo Saunders' flowing piano kept providing fresh options for harmony and melody, while the dissonant Tapscottian horn charts on the three-part "Freedom's Sweet" lent vibrant color to the late maestro's memorable waltz riffs and Caribbean rhythms.

The whole thing was impressive at the time, and it remains so now. History isn't all old, y'know.

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"Healing Suite" releases Jan. 21. Listen/preorder here. The Gathering streams live from the World Stage the same evening, here.

Read MetalJazz's review of the 2015 concert here.

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