The arranger, Tim Paton comments:
Made up of 5 movements, this piece has the flexibility of being performed as a complete set or using the separate movements individually. With solo features in each section, the piece includes: Swing version of “The Church’s One Foundation” inc. Alto Sax solo. Trad. Jazz “Nearer my God to Thee” inc. Clarinet solo. Bluesy “The Old Rugged Cross” inc. Trumpet/Flugel solo. Calypso “How Great Thou Art” inc. Euphonium solo. Finale “Just a closer walk with Thee” inc. jazzy Tenor Sax solo.The community gospel choir sound has become very popular in recent years. “Hot Gospel” is my attempt to capture this charismatic experience in a medley of well known sacred music. Each of the five songs chosen follows a similar pattern , a verse for full band followed by a solo. All solos are intended to sound like improvisation.