PAUL NEUFELD - Walk Together
POSTED: SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2003
PAUL NEUFELD Walk Together (True North) Pianist Neufeld has picked sumptuous fruit for his ongoing Spirituals Project, in which he looks into the works of 19th-century black composers. Some are very familiar, like "Go Down Moses" and "(Sometimes I Feel Like A) Motherless Child" by Harry Thacker Burleigh and they certainly lend themselves to jazz interpretation, which should be no surprise since gospel and jazz sprang from the same roots. Neufeld, more familiar as NOJO co-founder and tuba-tooting leader of the Rhythm And Truth Brass Band (as well as being involved in r'n'b's Grooveyard and blues bands) does a great job of casting these melodies in a jazz vein (especially "Motherless Child"). Supported by bass Rob Clutton, Paul Brundtland on congas and Nicholas Hockin on assorted percussion, he refreshes rare refrains like "Heaven," traditonal and anonymous works and "My Soul's Been Anchored In The Lord" by Florence B. Price. This music's often more impressive than ragtime and early jazz revivals, since its power to dig deep into the emotions has dissipated not a whit.