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The Grace Cathedral Concert

April 18, 2006 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 18, 2006
  • Release Date: April 18, 2006
  • Label: Fantasy Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1997 Fantasy, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 39:11
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  • ASIN: B000UBONAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,956 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Mendez on December 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This project first began when the Rt. Rev. James A. Pike - the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California - and the Rev. C. Julian Bartlett - the Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco - became interested in an idea held by the Rev. Charles Gompertz of Novato, CA, to create a "modern setting for the choral Eucharist." The jazz pianist and composer Vince Guaraldi was invited to be a part of the project, and the resulting effort is chronicled on this album. The introduction by Bishop Pike carefully frames the purpose of the May 21, 1965 event: to celebrate the Eucharist. Unlike other attempts at contemporizing liturgical settings, the Grace Cathedral concert, although not meant to be a performance, retains the solemn dignity of the service while subtly using the modern metaphor of jazz as a means of musical expression. This can be noted especially in the Latin-jazz variations of 'Kyrie Eleison' and 'Agnus Dei(O Lamb of God)'. 'Theme to Grace' provides a light diversion from the chanting, allowing Guaraldi, as well as bassist Tom Beeson and drummer Lee Charlton, to offer their musical talents. While 'Holy Communion Blues' literally serves as the distribution music, it gently but deliberately calls to mind the mixed mood of the Last Supper: stoic, yet humble. Whether you are an admirer of fine church music, or are a Guaraldi fan, you will be awestruck by what you hear. Vince Guaraldi truly left behind a liturgical treasure in this album.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. Mineah on November 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's wonderful to read these reviews and know that after 40 years, people are still enjoying this once-revolutionary jazz mass. However, I would like to set the record straight on one point....it was not the Grace Cathedral Choir performing this piece - it was the St. Paul's Episcopal Choir from San Rafael, CA, directed by my father, Barry Mineah and it was not only his childrens' choir, but also the adult choir who performed. In fact, I, along with my mother and one of my brothers, was a member of that choir.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I'm please to learn you have this album...I had it a record when first released in the 60's. It's a marriage of jazz and religious music with the Grace Cathedral Choir accompanying Guaraldi. I find the sounds awesome, and I am not a religious person!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles B. Gompertz on January 5, 2007
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Few people know that Vince Guaraldi and the team that produced the Grace Cathedral event were making history. This was not a concert, it was a worship experience, a Holy Eucharist. This was the first use of jazz in the liturgy in a cathedral setting, and perhaps anywhere in the USA. There had been jazz liturgies in England (the Beaumont Mass) but none here. This was 1964 - before guitars and bands had become common in the worship experience. This was a bold step forward musically in the liturgy.

Vince Guaraldi blended improvisation with ancient plainsong liturgical music. Familiar hymns were also a part of the service. By doing this all the participants had a familiar starting place in their worship experience. The result is dynamic, uplifting and deeply spiritually moving.

The Rev. Charles Gompertz
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Dana on December 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Jazz pianist (and composer) Vince Guaraldi -- largely overlooked (wrongly so) by contemporary critics/jazz historians -- shines throughout this landmark album/CD, recorded 'live' at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral.
His piano work (particularly a deft, boogie-woogie inspired, left hand which many current pianists, myself included, would kill for) is largely submerged in this album, sublimated in favor of his various compositions as here rendered by Grace Cathedral's Children's Chorus.
Guaraldi, in this album (the performance and recording of which was accomplished in concert with Grace Cathedral's then-bishop James Pike), contents himself with the role of accompanist, letting his music (beautifully rendered herein) speak for itself. And the music more than does.
"Vince Guaraldi at Grace Cathedral" (which, by the way, spawned a solid singles hit -- "Theme To Grace" -- on at least the local, SF Bay Area level) is a 'devotional;' put another way, it's Guaraldi's attempt to 'pay his dues.' Put any way you care to, the album is solid-gold!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Seim on July 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"The Grace Cathedral Concert" is not actually a concert in the usual sense (i.e. live versions of familiar classics). It is, instead, Vince Guaraldi's performance of an original, specially commissioned episcopal jazz mass - i.e. a jazz version of the Christian liturgy.
Unlike similar efforts by artists such as Dave Brubeck and Duke Ellington, Guaraldi does not water down his jazz to accomodate the sacred subject matter. To the contrary, this is Guaraldi at his "Black Orpheus" and "Linus & Lucy" best, swinging along with the choir's chant. At times, the contrast can be unsettling. However, the work also has a strange charm. Unlike other efforts at "popular" church music, Guaraldi has created something original, beautiful, and musically worthy in its own right.
If you have not heard this recording, do yourself a favor and get a copy of this unusual masterpiece.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RPFree on December 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
20 years ago, a friend of mine at Xerox played me this music from Vince Guaraldi; I previously thought I had every piece of music he played. Vince was such an amazing musician ... brilliant.
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