Tuesday, July 25, 2017

What Shall It Take - The Mckee Choir - Sharp Record Recording Artist

What Shall
It Take - The Mckee Choir - Sharp Record Recording Artist




The Mckee

What Shall
It Take


By Bob
Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog

Named for
Rev. James E. Mckee, the Mckee Choir was organized several years ago by Ulannie
“Link” Brewer.  The choir’s album, What Shall It Take, was recorded at its
home church of Dunham Temple CME in Greenwood, South Carolina, where Rev. Mckee
is pastor.

The album
is reminiscent of the self-produced church choir recordings that proliferated
in the 1970s and 1980s.  The 36-member Mckee Choir is a decent group with
an above average, albeit uncredited, female lead vocalist whose intense vocal
especially shines on the title track and “Try Jesus.” 

gospel music is the choir’s sweet spot, though it does deliver an up-tempo
hand-clapper with “The Lord is Blessing You.”  The title track is the
album’s finest moment.  A balladic altar call, the choir and soulful lead
ask, “What shall it take / How long will you continue to wait / Jesus is
calling you right now.”

The funky
musicians add greatly to the group’s contemporary flair, and while the synth
player is good, the choir would sound even better without synth and ‘80s
electric piano riffs.  This particular adornment is standard in gospel
these days, but when it comes right down to it, organ, acoustic piano, guitar,
bass, and drums are the main ingredients for a good gospel album (although brass
adds a dramatic touch).  Beyond that, the music can either overwhelm the
singers it is supposed to support or is so synthetic that it is anachronistic.

the Mckee Choir members put their heart and soul into their singing on this
album and undoubtedly provide Dunham Temple with lively worship services.

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