Deep River (2003)

“The amazing men of Cantus weave their usual spell, with singing of unimaginable precision, sensitivity and deep emotional power.”
– American Record Guide

Deep River is a treasury of African-American Spirituals. This album features some of the most beloved American folk songs such as “Ezekiel Saw de Wheel,” “Were You There,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Soon Ah Will Be Done.” Deep River also delves into the roots of American roots music by exclusively featuring music by the preeminent first and second-generation African-American composers – Harry T. Burleigh, William Dawson, John W. Work and Jester Hairston – in both well known and long forgotten arrangements of these immortal songs.

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Track Listing

1. Ezekiel Saw de Wheel
arr. Harry T. Burleigh
2. Heav’n, Heav’n
arr. Harry T. Burleigh
3. Poor Man Lazrus
arr. Jester Hairston
4. King Jesus is A-Listening
arr. William L. Dawson
5. This Ol’ Hammer
arr. John W. Work III
6. Great God A’mighty
arr. Jester Hairston
7. Were You There?
arr. Harry T. Burleigh
8. There is a Balm in Gilead
arr. William L. Dawson
9. Deep River
arr. Harry T. Burleigh
10. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
arr. William L. Dawson
11. My Lord, What a Morning
arr. Harry T. Burleigh
12. Steal Away
arr. William L. Dawson
13. Soon Ah-Will Be Done
arr. William L. Dawson
14. In His Care-O
William L. Dawson
15. Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit
arr. William L. Dawson
16. In Dat Great Gittin’ Up Morning
arr. Jester Hairston