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Rev D C Rice 1928 - 1930

Rev D.C. Right, sermons with singing. Includes; Mr. Hunter, trombone, Louis Hooper,

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.  Continued...

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Too Late Too Late Blues 1926 - 1944
DOCD-5150 Too Late Too Late Blues 1926 - 1944 Alternative takes and rare, late, discoveries. Various. The first Document CD appeared in 1990 with DOCD-5001 “Tommy Johnson”. Three years and 150 releases later the first volume of the “Too Late, Too Late” albums appeared. The unprecedented unleashing of such a fast growing bulk of blues and gospel recordings in such a “completist” fashion inspired both fans of the music and collectors alike. Once that the great river of releases had been flowing for a while collectors began to think again about what might be hidden in the corners of their collections or had until then been regarded of no real significance. In addition there were recent and continue to be, rare finds. A Big Bill Broonzy 78 had just recently been found, having been picked up in a lot that was saved from the street where it had been left for disposal. Then there was the box of Paramount tests that had been found several years ago which were made available. Collectors also began to revisit their records with more attention being paid to the recordings themselves and on many occasions found that takes that appeared on their records were not the takes that had thus far been re-issued.

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