Georgia Mass, one of America's most celebrated gospel choirs, returns with a collection that is nothing short of definitive.
Georgia Mass, one of America's most celebrated gospel choirs, returns with a collection that is nothing short of definitive. On the choir's 10th outing in its nearly 20-year history, producer/ vocalist Milton Biggham leads the 50-plus ensemble—which includes a deep bench of sterling vocal soloists—through a set that runs the gamut from gentle and meditative to rip-roaringly celebratory. "Bye and Bye" is an unabashedly traditional roof-rattler, while "I Owe You the Praise" is a stirring, reverential ballad. A punchy horn section colors "Jordan River." "Prayer Changes Things" sports an irresistibly soulful swing, and "Stand" is driven by a super-tight, funky rhythm section and incendiary choral and solo voices. Surpassing the realms of just a great choir and band, it is safe to say that Georgia Mass has become an American institution.—GE