Tim Paton has creatively arranged for brass band this selection of familiar hymns/religious songs to create a 5-movement, gospel-styled work. With features for soloists across the band and a great mix of styles including swing, traditional jazz, blues, and calypso, this makes for a versatile concert feature either as a complete piece piece (9 minutes); using the alternative optional cuts (4.5 minutes); or simply by cherry-picking the individual movements in order to spotlight the different styles/melodies/soloists of your choice.
With solo features in each section, the piece includes:
- The Church’s One Foundation – Swing version with Tenor Horn solo
- Nearer My God To Thee – Traditional jazz style with Cornet solo
- The Old Rugged Cross – Bluesy with Flugel solo
- How Great Thou Art – Calypso with Euphonium solo
- Just A Closer Walk With Thee – Finale with jazzy Trombone 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, and all solos are intended to sound like improvisation.
I’ve included Optional Cuts which would reduce the play length from c. 9 minutes, down to approximately 4.5 mintues, should your concert programming not allow for the full version. The optional cuts simply side-step the solo section of each song.
However you wish to perform Hot Gospel, it will definitely bring variety to programme choice.
Also available for wind/concert band.