• Sing the Truth! Listen Now

    September 7, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Wright, Kidjo, Reeves .. Photo: Jeff Forman
    Lizz Wright, Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves .. Photo: Jeff Forman

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    Three women, three unique voices and musical choices with superb musicians, unfolding with the arc of a theater production on a hot night in the Motor City -- that's Sing the Truth! from the Detroit Jazz Festival.

    Listen now to Sing the Truth!  along with highlights from the DJF set by trumpeter Sean Jones by clicking on the links below.

    The musicians are Geri Allen, Romero Lubambo, James Genus, Munyungo Jackson, and musical director Terri Lyne Carrington. Sean's band is Brian Hogans, Orrin Evans, Luques Curtis, and Obed Calvaire.

    Special thanks to host Rhonda Hamilton and music mixer Duke Markos. Thanks to Terri Pontremoli and everyone in Detroit who made our special Labor Day broadcast of Sing the Truth! possible.


    Olive Juice and Forgiveness (both composed by Jones)


    Bold Soul Sister (Ike & Tina Turner)

    I've Got to Use My Imagination (Gerry Goffin, Barry Goldberg)

    Freedom Dance (Reeves)

    Saduva (Miriam Makeba)


    Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell)

    How I Got Over (Clara Ward)

    Baby I Love You (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector)

    All That You Have Is Your Soul (Tracy Chapman)


    32 Flavors (Ani Di Franco)

    Gimme Shelter (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)

    Medley of The Music Is the Magic (Abbey Lincoln), CC Rider (trad arr Odetta), Pata Pata (Makeba)

    Transitions (Jones)

    Some thought this opening night concert of the Detroit Jazz Festival should have been on CLOSING night. What could follow it? Well, three days and two nights of four stages of music, one night quickly moved indoors because of thunderstorms, temperatures in the 90s plunging into the 50s, a panoply of music and the people who come out and see it, and the experiences and emotions that come with that, that's what Sing the Truth! helped to get started.

    Mark Stryker wrote in the Detroit Free Press, " This was the most intelligent and satisfying mix of progressive ideas and traditional programming since I started covering the event 15 years ago. . . ."

    Thanks also to our hardworking friends at the Detroit Jazz Festival for making it all happen, and for letting WBGO play a part. And you can always check back to wbgo.org/detroit to read all of our interviews, photos and updates that comprise our comprehensive coverage of the event.

    See you at Detroit 2012!

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