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Black Music: The Written Tradition

Black Music: The Written Tradition

℗ and © 1990 Columbia College Chicago. Used by permission.

These recordings were made live on October 13, 1989, at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, Missouri. The concert and this recording were sponsored by the Center for Black Music Research and The College Music Society.

Princeton Grand March Frank Johnson (1792–1844) BMI
Rescue Polka Mazurka Sidney Lambert (ca. 1838–1905) BMI
Three African Dances Montague Ring (1866–1956) BMI
I. The Call to the Feast
II. Luleta's Dance
III. Dance of the Warriors
Three Negro Songs Will Marion Cook (1869–1944) BMI
I. Swing Along
II. Exhortation
III. Rain-Song
Featuring Donnie Ray Albert, bass-baritone
St. Louis Grey's Quick Step J.W. Postlewaite (1837–1889) BMI
Negro Folk Suite N. Clark Smith (1887–1933) BMI
II. Pineapple Lament
III. Banana Walk
Castle House Rag James Reese Europe (1881–1919) BMI
Leslie Adams (b. 1932) BMI
Featuring Bernadine Oliphint, soprano; William A. Brown, tenor; Donnie Ray Albert, bass-baritone
Spirit of the U.S. Navy Alton Augustus Adams (1889–1987) BMI

BMRE Performers

  • Michael Morgan, conductor
  • Kenneth Adams, woodwinds
  • Donnie Ray Albert, bass-baritone
  • George Blanchet, percussion
  • Nathaniel Brickens, trombone
  • Lyman Brodie, trumpet
  • William Brown, tenor
  • Winterton Garvey, violin
  • Jack Jeffers, tuba
  • Elaine Mack, cello
  • Toni-Marie Montgomery, piano
  • Sylvia Morris, violin
  • Bernadine Oliphint, soprano
  • Walter Payton, double bass
  • George Taylor, viola


  • Producer: Samuel A. Floyd, Jr.
  • Associate Producer: Morris A. Phibbs
  • Recording Engineers: Barry Hufker and Kathy Daut
  • Cover Design: Marsha J. Heiser
  • Cover Art: The Sheldon Concert Hall, Julia C. Davis, Pen and Ink on Vellum, St. Louis, Missouri, 1990
  • Piano courtesy of Steinway & Sons

Center for Black Music Research
Columbia College Chicago
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605-1996