In The Water

by Trouble Ensemble

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Inspired by the lyrics "Wade in the water, God's gonna trouble the water," the musicians of the avant-gospel Trouble Ensemble enter into musical conversation that creates, listens to, reveres and questions, the melody, rhythm and text derived from spirituals, (and other songs they inspired). They revel in enjoying, discovering and making trouble.

The spirituals always illuminated the spiritual force that troubles the waters of injustice and oppression using the power of African and African American music and spirituality. Originally songs of black American slaves, they are rooted in song, dance and drumming of West Africa, the experience of oppression of an uprooted people, and the teachings of a transformative faith. They troubled the dominant narratives, and their message and tradition continue to trouble unjust systems today.

Composers and experimenters like Sun Ra, Charles Ives and Pauline Oliveros troubled the musical establishment and its conventions as they envisioned radical new ways of making and listening to sound.

Their traditions are a separate musical “voice” from African American spirituality and the two voices cannot merge into one. Instead, they must converse. Listen to one another. Learn from one another. Discover harmony. Enjoy dissonance. Each with our own distinct voices, we create, listen to, revere and question, the melody, rhythm and text derived from spirituals, and other songs they inspired, we revel in our own ways of enjoying, discovering and making trouble.

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released June 5, 2018

Trouble Ensemble:
Ernest Larkins, vocals
Mia Bella D’Augelli, violin
Rent Romus, saxophone
Joshua Marshall, saxophones
Tim DeCillis, vibraphone
Jakob Pek, guitar
Andrew Jamieson, piano
Jordan Glenn, drums
Marvin K White, spoken word

Recorded by John Finkbeiner at New, Improved Recording in Oakland, CA on November 17, 2017.
Mixed and mastered by The Norman Conquest
Artwork by Marc Allen
Photography by Charles Peoples III

All arrangements by Andrew Jamieson
All spoken text by Marvin K White

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Edgetone Records San Francisco, California

Edgetone Records was founded by musician/producer, Rent Romus. The label took shape in 1991 to support his group’s original jazz recordings. After being on a long hiatus Rent re-opened Edgetone in January 2000 and expanded it to support new music crossing the genre boundaries specifically for D.I.Y. (do it yourself) artists looking for a ground base and community label identity. ... more

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Track Name: Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round
Oh, freedom, oh, freedom, oh, freedom over me.
And before I’d be a slave,
I’d be buried in my grave
And go home to my Lord and be free.
- African American spiritual

Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me ‘round
Turn me ‘round
Turn me ‘round
Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me ‘round
I’m gonna keep on walkin’
Keep on talkin’
Marchin’ up to freedom land.
- Traditional protest song
Track Name: Give Me Jesus
(I heard my mother say: “Give Me Jesus” — African American spiritual)
Track Name: Steal away
Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus
Steal away, steal away home,
I ain’t got long to stay here.
My God he calls me,
He calls me by the thunder…
He calls me by the lightening…
Green trees are bending.
Poor sinners stand a-trembling.
- African American spiritual
Track Name: Ezekiel Saw the Wheel
(Ezekiel saw the wheel, way up in the middle of the air. Ezekiel saw the wheel, way in the middle of the air. The big wheel runs by faith and the little wheel runs by the grace of God. A wheel in a wheel, way in the middle of the air — African American spiritual)
Track Name: Precious Lord
(Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand, I am tired, I am weak, I am worn; Through the storm, through the night, Lead me on to the light.)
Track Name: Wade in the Water
(Wade in the water, children, God’s gonna trouble the water — African American spiritual)
Track Name: I’ve Got Peace Like a River part 2
I’ve got peace like a river
I’ve got peace like a river
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.

I’ve got joy like a fountain
I’ve got joy like a fountain
I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul.

I’ve got love on the inside
I’ve got joy on the inside of me
Way down in the inside, love
Way down on the inside, joy
I’ve got it, I’ve got it.
Joy down on on the inside
I’ve got it, I’ve got it
Joy like a river.
I’ve got joy down on the inside
Can’t nobody take my joy.
You can’t have it.
It’s my joy.
I’ve got joy
God gave me joy.

I’ve got love like an ocean
I’ve got love like an ocean
I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul.
- African American spiritual
Track Name: Deep River
Living waters
Spring of joy
Deep rivers, spring of joy.

Deep river, my home is over Jordan
Deep river, Lord
I want to cross over into campground
- African American spiritual

O freedom, O freedom,
O freedom over me.
And before I’d be a slave
I’d be buried in my grave
And go home to my Lord and be free.
- African American spiritual
Track Name: 10. Amazing Grace/There is a Balm in Gilead
(Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see — John Newton 1779)
(There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole. There is a balm in Gliead to heal the sin-sick soul — African American spiritual)
Track Name: Amen
Amen! Amen! Amen! Amen! Amen!
See the little baby
Lyin’ in a manger
On Christmas morning

Oh yes!

Amen! Amen! A-amen! Amen!

See him in the Jordan
Where John was baptizing
Saving all sinners
A-amen! Amen! Amen!
- African American spiritual

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