Category:   JAZZ CHOIRS
Composer:   Duke Ellington
Arranger:   Phil Mattson
Publisher:   Available from arranger
Edition:   
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   Accompanied

Reviewer:   

Bill White
St. Agnes High School, St. Paul 1997
R&R Chair Jazz Choirs

These songs are from one of Ellington’s “Sacred Concerts” and in this arrangement are really one piece. The unusual intervals in these melodies give these pieces a kind of “haunting reverence.” Almighty God is in a slow swing. Heaven is mostly rubato with a piano/bass accompaniment and an a cappella section. It ends with the voices building a beautiful diminished chord. This piece is of medium difficulty and can be found on the 1996 “VoicesIowa” CD Here’s to Life.