Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Document Records
Rev D C Rice 1928 - 1930


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Rev. D C Rice

    TRACK LIST

Rev. D C Rice
01 - The angels rolled the stone away
02 - A sure foundation
03 - Come and see
04 - Lord keep me with a mind
05 - Leaving all to follow Jesus
06 - Shall not a dog move his tongue
07 - Take my yoke upon you
08 - The wise and the foolish virgins
09 - The sure foundation - part 2
10 - I will arise and go to my father
11 - He`s got his eyes on you
12 - I`m in the battlefield for my Lord
13 - I'm pressing on
14 - No night there
15 - Sin is to blame
16 - Tell it over again
17 - Who do you call that wonderful counsellor?
18 - I mean to live so God can use me
19 - Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
20 - He arose them from the dead
21 - Testify - for my Lord is coming back again
22 - When I take my vacation in Heaven
23 - A woman went one thousand miles to see a man
24 - I`m gonna wait right here till he comes
25 - We got the same kinda power over here
26 - New born again

Rev D.C. Right, sermons with singing.

Includes; Mr. Hunter, trombone, Louis Hooper, piano; Unknown, mandolin, triangle, trombone, stand-up bass, tambourine, trumpet, drums.

Genres: Preacher with Sermon and Singing accompanied by instruments. Gospel.

Informative booklet notes by Roger Misiewicz
Includes detailed discography.

From this album's booklet notes.
Zora Neale Hurston wrote “All Negro-made church music is dance-possible… The service is really drama with music.  And since music without motion is unnatural among Negroes there is always something that approaches dancing – in fact, IS dancing – in such a ceremony.  So the congregation is restored to its primitive altars under the new name of Christ.”

This description must describe to a tee the experience of being at a service held by the Reverend D.C. Rice. Recordings begin with words of teachings, short passages from the bible, warnings not to stray from the path of good and then.. the good reverend, his congregation, musicians and singers erupt into a joyful (it is tempting to use the word riotous) sound that brings together jazz and gospel, in a way that would be inspirational to the most ardent non-believer. 

After hearing the recordings of Reverend J. M. Gates and most especially by those of Rev. F.W. McGee the Rev D. C. Rice was inspired to make his own records and so went to see Jack Kapp at Vocalion Records. Kapp told the reverend to return the next Saturday with his congregation to make some tests and that he would then evaluate them.  Rice did, but Kapp rejected them, saying “I wouldn’t give you a nickel for your music.”  However, Kapp had second thoughts about the recordings and by the following Wednesday had decided to call Rice asking him to return the next Saturday, ready to record, which he did. Rice never did understand this about face, unless it was a negotiating ploy: in any case, he rejected a royalty arrangement, and instead received $75 per record side. By May of 1928, his records were all over Chicago, and by August he had ten issued sides available. Soon he was also broadcasting Sunday services. The reverend’s Sunday itinerary would now include turning up at the recording studio in the morning to make records and then a short journey to an adjacent studio for his live 12.30 radio broadcast.

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