“The Promised Land” is a presentation of the Postmodern Spiritual concept, a modern day rendering of the freedom song. Re-imagining and reviving the Negro spiritual by incorporating jazz sensibilities with soul and gospel music along with new compositions likened to its predecessor.
Featuring saxophonist Tyrone Birkett whose vivid compositions vary from the funk-driven epic “The Departure” to “The Struggle”, a modern re-creation of a slave’s sorrow song, the heartfelt ballad “Deep River”, impressionistic “Freedom Dreaming” and ending with the haunting “The Promise”. The selections together suggest a revitalizing of the classic “CTI” sound, blending of soulful sophistication, a rich chord palette and a curious usage of form.
The message of the music is translated through the lyrics and melody that can be described as “neo-folk” in its character underpinned at times by modernistic harmonic structure. Presented with a versatile and able cast of musicians, this recording promotes the notion of freedom in word and deed, style and substance.
released March 25, 2014
Tyrone Birkett (saxophones, keyboards); Paula Ralph Birkett (vocals); Gregory Royals (piano, organ); Reggie Young (electric Bass); Jason Patterson (drums)
Strength - Pablo Vergara (electric keyboards); Camille Gainer Jones (drums)
The Promise - Pablo Vergara (piano); John Benitez (acoustic Bass); Camille Gainer Jones (drums)
Spoken Word on “The Postmodern Spiritual” by Tyrone Birkett, Performed by Paula Ralph-Birkett
Additional Keyboard and Co-Arranging by Pablo Vergara on “Freedom Dreaming”, “The Struggle”
String Arrangements by Pablo Vergara on “The Struggle”
Guitar on “Motherless Child” – Benny Martinez
Produced by Tyrone Birkett for Araminta Music LLC
Executive Producers – Araminta Music LLC