S. Pearl Sharp | Higher Ground

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Higher Ground

by S. Pearl Sharp

Poetry backed with acoustic jazz that travels from the political to the personal to the profound.
Genre: Spoken Word: Poetry
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1. Take Me to the Bridge
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2. A Blessed Life
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3. Where Notes Go
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4. When Billy Died
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5. All My Queen Mothers
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6. Yeast
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7. Help Is On the Way
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8. If You See Willie
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9. The Never Woman
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10. Hanging By a Thread from the Sky
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11. Breathe Through Your Heart
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12. Belly Fingers
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13. How to Build a Prayer
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14. The 3:35 to Columbus, #4
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Album Notes
"Higher Ground brings us into that 'get up, get down' sacred ground, called 'deep thought', called
spirit sound ground, called 'healin'/talkin' blues ground."
Nana Camille Yarbrough (Iron Pot Cooker)

S. Pearl Sharp’s second poetry w/jazz CD, she is backed on 14 cuts by pianist Lanny Hartley, bassist Edwin Livingston, guitarist Val Ewell, Derf Reklaw on percussion and flutes, Amos Delone Jr. on saxophone and flute, and drummer Mekala Session. Esteemed sculptor and poet John Outterbridge joins voices with S. Pearl on a poem suite, and singer Johan Beckles and Pacifica radio host ("Rise") Mark Maxwell are also featured. Produced by S. Pearl Sharp and Mark Maxwell.
Fabulous fold-out packaging with session photos!

"A great album of righteous jazz and poetry, in a mode that’s every bit as great as the hippest sessions
like this from the 70’s. Sharp’s got a nicely appointed yet deeply personal approach to her words, and
gets support in a range of jazz modes that are sometimes fierce and sometimes gentle.”
Dusty Groove Records

"I love your CD! It's now on my ipod." Yvette Freeman (Actress, "E.R.")

S. Pearl has four published volumes of poetry, including TYPING IN THE DARK, and the poetry w/jazz CD ON THE SHARP SIDE. She loves collaborationg with other artists and has performed with vocalist Dwight Trible, bassists Nedra Wheeler, Bob Cunningham and Robert Miguel Miranda, the Nate Morgan Quintet and Judicanti Responsora, among others. Her short story collection is the CD "Uncertain Rituals" (2013). She's the author of "Black Women For Beginners" (distr. Random House), and her essays have been heard on NPR. (View clips on YouTube/A Sharp Show channel.

An award winning filmmaker, S. Pearl has merged poetry with film in the short "Back Inside Herself 2009 Re-mix" the multi-award winning doc "The Healing Passage/ Voices From The Water" which was seen on The Documentary Channel, and the documentary "Life Is A Saxophone" on poet Kamau Daa'ood, re-issued on DVD in 2013.
(View clips on YouTube/ A Sharp Show channel)



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martin wade

Higher Ground
Higher Ground is profound poetry, pinned by an angel, enhanced with superb musical stylings, for our edification and enjoyment. I love this album.

Truth Theory

An Elevation of Spirit and Mind
This is poetry by the pounds, food for both cerebration and spirit. This is the words are TRUTH and the jazz are like honey to red clover tea, oh so sweet! Did I mention that I enjoy this CD?

Truth Theory
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