Dance Like the Wind: Music of Today’s Black Composers

Order from Gothic Records

Thought-provoking and moving music by eight modern composers spans the range of expression from solo cello to chorus, from jazz ensemble to woodwind quintet.

Anthony Elliott, cello; Yolanda Williams, Dan Dressen, Maria Jette, soloists; VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Chorus with orchestra; Philip Brunelle, conductor.

“Beautifully sung with fine choral balance.”


1 Mother to Son (Undine Smith Moore)

Yolanda Williams, soprano; VocalEssence Chorus

2 We Shall Walk Through the Valley (Undine Smith Moore)

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers

from Lamentations: Black Folk Song Suite (Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson)

Anthony Elliott, cello

3 II Song Form
4 IV Perpetual Motion
5 An Old Black Woman, Homeless and Indistinct (Joseph Jennings)

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers with orchestra

from Dance Like the Wind (William Banfield)

Woodwind quintet

6 She’s Making Coffee

Act A, scene 4

7 All Four in the Car

Act B, scene 5

8 Dance Like the Wind (Island Sway)

Act B, scene 6a

9 Tambourines to Glory (Undine Smith Moore)

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers

10 My Soul Hath Found Refuge in Thee (Psalm 91) (Evelyn Simpson-Curenton)

Dan Dressen, tenor; VocalEssence Chorus

11 Nocturne (Adolphus Hailstork)

Maria Jette, soprano; VocalEssence Ensemble Singers

from Piece for String Orchestra (Billy Childs) 1989
12 II Slow
13 III Fast
Images, Shadows and Dreams: Five Vignettes (David Baker)

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers; Jazz Ensemble

14 I Rents Due Monday
15 II The Nonagenarian
16 III If There Be Sorrow
17 IV The Rebel
18 V Let Me Tell You How to Meet the Day