Israel & The New Breed – Alive in South Africa – 2 CDs, 17 songs
This double-disc live CD presents Contemporary Christian Music singer Israel and his band, New Breed, performing in Cape Town, South Africa. New Breed’s jazzy, synth-driven gospel is slick and uptempo, providing plenty of high-energy grooves that undoubtedly had the Cape Town crowd on its feet. Percolating rhythms, punchy brass, and rich gospel backing vocals complement Israel’s passionate vocals on this lengthy program of celebratory praise and worship songs.
Personnel: Jamil Whiting, Ryan Edgar, Dakri Brown, Danielle Stephens, Hector Soto, Melanie Scott, Daniel Johnson , Mattie Calloway, Olanrewaju Agbabiaka (vocals); Johnny ”Natural” Najara, Eric Brice (guitar); Marc DeKock, Mark Douthit (saxophone); Vaughn Fransch, Mike Haynes (trumpet); Kelly Bell, Barry Green (trombone); Aaron Lindsey (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, programming); Arthur ”Buddy” Strong (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Jerry Harris Jr. (keyboards); Michael Clemons (drums); Daniel Peterson (djembe); Tony Paco, Javier Solís (percussion).
Editor: Aaron Lindsey.
Recording information: Channeland Studio, Houston, TX (08/14/2005/08/25/2005); His People Christian Centre, Cape Town, South Africa (08/14/2005/08/25/2005); Jabula Conference, Harere, Zimbabwe (08/14/2005/08/25/2005); Platinum Lab Nashville, TN (08/14/2005/08/25/2005); Wheatbox Studio, Houston, TX (08/14/2005/08/25/2005).