Ida Sand – The Gospel Truth (2011/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 48:24 minutes | 924 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Whilst Ida Sand’s second ACT album “True Love” was to some extent a family affair – an homage to her husband Ola Gustafsson and new born daughter – her third ACT album “The Gospel Truth”, signals a return to her roots and a unique combination of European and American soul. Released two years after “True Love”, “The Gospel Truth: presents the Swedish Jazz singer following on musically from her 2007 ACT debut, Meet Me Around Midnight”, which captivated listeners with a sound which was “distinctively earthy, soaked with the blood of the blues, saturated by gospel, weathered by jazz and infected by soul”.
Ida Sand’s career began with the church choir. Her father was a well known Swedish opera singer and her mother is still a church organist. As such, Ida learnt to play not only the cello and piano but also sang in several choirs from the age of eight. It was not only Scandinavian choir music that influenced her but also America’s gospel choirs. With the world hit “Oh Happy Day” by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, a gospel craze swept across Sweden in the early seventies which in turn led to gospel queen Mahalia Jackson becoming one of Ida’s very earliest influences alongside the Swedish gospel pianist Per-Erik Hallin. Captivated by this music, Ida soon discovered the world of soul and fell in love with its masters, such as Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin.
Vitality, suspense and considerable musical scope are provided not only by Sand’s earthy and variable piano playing but also by select guest stars – in particular Nils Landgren who produced the album together with Siggi Loch, and who plays not only the trombone but also the trumpet. As Landgren has also been a member of the famous US band Jazz Crusaders for some time, he was also able to get Joe Sample to join in with his grooving, murmuring playing of the Fender Rhodes, and the great drummer Steve Gadd on A Change Is Gonna Come. Sand’s husband, Ola Gustafsson, is also featured on the lap steel guitar as is her friend of many years, woodwind player Magnus Lindgren.
A very special track is the magnificent vocal duet with blind singer and guitarist Raul Midón, who is extremely prominent back home in the USA. “During the Christmas tour with Nils, I saw a video of one of his performances and was completely spellbound. Nils knew him and so I ventured to ask Raul if he would like to accompany me on Bobby Scott’s “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”. I didn’t expect anything which was why I was even happier when it worked out,” says Sand. The choir, without which the The Gospel Truth could hardly have been realised, remained as the last building block. “A normal gospel choir seemed too flat,” says Sand. “Then Siggi Loch had the idea to simply ask our Swedish colleagues.” This was how the ACT Jubilee Singers were born, with Jeanette Köhn, Sharon Dyall, Rigmor Gustafsson and Jessica Pilnäs. This unparalleled combination of voices can be heard on four tracks and goes far beyond the usual description of a just ‘backing singers’. Yet despite all the famous music names supporting on this new recording, none of them ever force themselves into the limelight. On The Gospel Truth it is Ida Sand who remains solely and justifiably at the fore – possibly the best European soul voice in recent years.
01 – Eyes On The Prize
02 – Ain’t No Sunshine
03 – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
04 – A Change Is Gonna Come
05 – Have A Talk With God
06 – I Wanna Know What Love Is
07 – Until The End
08 – I Wish I Would Know How
09 – Have A Little Faith In Me
10 – It Is To Know
11 – Like A Prayer
12 – God Only Knows
Produced by Nils Landgren & Siggi Loch.
Recorded at Soundtrade Studios, Stockholm by Jan Ugand.
Additional recordings, Mixed and Mastered by Lars Nilsson at Nilento Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Ida Sand – vocals, piano & keyboards
Mattias Torell – guitars
Thobias Gabrielson – bass
Anders Hedlund – drums & percussion
Raul Midón – vocals
Joe Sample – piano
Steve Gadd – drums
Nils Landgren – trombone
Magnus Lindgren – woodwinds
The ACT Jubilee Singers – backing vocals