Don Mayberry /Ange Smith | Let My People Go

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Let My People Go

by Don Mayberry /Ange Smith

A collection of traditional African American spirituals, most associated as signal songs of the Underground Railroad, interpreted by two fine jazz musicians.
Genre: Spiritual: Traditional Gospel
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nobody Knows The Trouble I See
5:17 album only
2. Go Down Moses
4:53 album only
3. Didn't It Rain
3:43 album only
4. There Is A Balm In Gilead
3:02 album only
5. Deep River
3:52 album only
6. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
2:54 album only
7. Steal Away
4:26 album only
8. Wade In The Water
3:06 album only
9. Rise Up Shepard/Go Tell It On The Mountain
3:28 album only
10. Somebody's Knocking At Your Door
3:59 album only
11. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
3:01 album only
12. Calvary
3:29 album only
13. Amazing Grace
4:45 album only
14. Set The Captives Free
3:12 album only
15. Nobody Knows/Battle Hymn of the Republic
4:51 album only


Album Notes
“Doubtlessly, you've heard these sorrow and gospel songs hundreds of times, but Ange Smith and Don Mayberry give them fresh luster and integrity. Most compelling are the arrangements that provide each tune with a singular expression. And Smith and Mayberry share such a tonal unity and rhythmic feel that it is pointless to talk about them as a duo. Particularly wonderful is Mayberry's seamless shifts from arco to pizzicato that folds warmly around Smith's always beguiling resonance.
Through all the tunes there is a recurring theme of freedom which has an ever optimistic and hopeful outlook. In short, Smith and Mayberry offer us yet another melodious way to understand the African spiritual odyssey, an odyssey that in their
hands is at once orchestral and triumphant”
Herb Boyd, Author of “Down the Glory Road” and “Brotherman”

“No matter how one feels about the message, the soul of this music and the commitment of the muscians shines through clearly. In this day and age of cheap sentiments and mindless prattle this heart-felt disc is worth investigating” Richard B. Kamins, Cadence

“ It is particularly striking how Smith and Mayberry have managed to find a new way of working through this material. When I listened to “Didn’t It Rain”, I could not help but think of Mahalia Jackson’s famous rendering of this spiritual. This is not in any way an imitation. It is a new perspective on a great tradition, a new gospel for our own time, done by two sophisticated musicians. This is stirring music” Piotar Michalowski, Michigan Jazz

“Together they are as powerful as the sun, gentle as the rain, and as immediate as a sound bite in this technological age” Michael Nastos, Ann Arbor News

“Ange Smith and Don Mayberry bring their prodigious talents to bear on these simple, yet resonant songs and the result is music of haunting beauty and almost mystic simplicity” J. Luchter, Detroit Jazz Monthly

“I love it !” Jim Dulzo, Montreux Jazz Festival

..“Mayberry is the best storyteller only he uses the bass to tell the story” Observer and Eccentric Newspapers


Ange Smith (Vocals) is a versatile singer whose vocal talents range from opera to jazz to gospel. She has appeared at most of Detroit’s jazz venues, the Michigan Opera Theater, and as understudy for the road company of “Ain’t Misbehavin”. She has produced and performed in three one-woman shows, the most recent being a salute to Ethel Waters.

Don Mayberry (Music Director and Bass) is well-known to jazz fans both locally and nationally. He has played most of the European music festivals and is a fixture at the Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival. He is house bassist for the Fox Theater and has toured recently with Michael Finestein, Frank Sinatra Jr., Johnny Mathis, and Aretha Franklin. He has also recently been featured as the leader on the CD “Kaleidoscope”.



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Trenna Ruffner

Besides our two fine sons, this production is the the accomplishment I am most proud to be associated with. The first time I heard is performed it went straight to my heart. We were so pleased to be able to record it for others to enjoy.

Tina A. Flowers

"Let My People Go"
This is an awesome CD and so commemorative of our ancestors trials and tribulations and how God has and always will bring us through.

Diva JC

What a voice!
Don Mayberry is a tremendous talent on bass. But the voice of Ange is unmistakably brilliant! I played this CD on two radio shows I had in the nineties in Florida and in 2005, in Atlanta. This CD is not to be missed.