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Album Review

There are those who claim Cleveland's later recordings with The Southern California Community Choir don't quite match those with the group from Nutley, NJ. Perhaps — even probably. He's also lost some power as he's gotten older. But whether led by Cleveland or by other singers (notably the magisterial Lavora Wilson) the material on this CD is powerful and joyous enough to make that kind of distinction irrelevant. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music, Rovi


Born: 05 December 1932 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

The visionary behind the contemporary gospel sound, the Rev. James Cleveland, was a pioneering composer and choral director whose progressive arrangements — jazzy and soulful, complete with odd time signatures — helped push the music past the confines of the traditional Baptist hymnal into new and unexpected directions, infusing elements of the sanctified church style and secular pop to alter the face of gospel forever. Born in Chicago on December 5, 1932, Cleveland was a boy soprano...
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