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Dark Triumph: The Life of Victoria Lancaster Smith by Cecilia Smith

Dark Triumph: The Life of Victoria Lancaster Smith celebrates the extraordinary life of Victoria L. Smith, an Afro-American nurse born in the thirties, who in the Autumn of her life, generously served with Peace Corps nurses in Africa and Costa Rica. The authorship of this wonderful double CD belongs to vibraphonist and composer Cecilia Smith.

This work of art is showcased in a narrative manner and subsequently distinct branches of Victoria Smith‘s path are related in every track. The title of every theme announces a moving recital as on "Grief and Disasters", "Seating by Colour" or even "An African American in Rio Frio Costa Rica".

Cecilia Smith’s score enacts an established harmonization, more than only in a jazz context, with a tight structure that results in an extraordinary mix of radiant unison lines and totally orchestrated sounds. In this adventure Cecilia Smith has added a powerful string section, "The Boys Club Harlem", plus a great jazz band pursuing hymnal and processional motifs woven into a progressive jazz framework.

Smith offers cogently bound pieces designed with soulful undercurrents and cyclical pulses amid world music rhythms. Eventually, she forges a poly-euphonic persona, drawing brainstorms from Victoria Lancaster Smith’s life. Both albums (one contains only the music) are performed in a style that is evidently recognizable as Smith herself.

Dark Triumph: The Life of Victoria Lancaster Smith is simply a reverberating victory!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Cecilia Smith
  • CD Title: Dark Triumph: The Life of Victoria Lancaster Smith
  • Genre: World Music
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: CEA Music Company
  • Tracks: Victoria Lancaster Smith (narration), Cecilia Smith (composer, vibraphone), Carlton Holmes (piano, keyboards), Lonnie Plaxico (bass), Montez Coleman (drums), Bruce Williams (soprano sax), Ferai Malainga (percussion), Elon Robin Dixon (vocalist, voice over), Members of the Boys Choir of Harlem: Elijah Eagle, Joshua White, Shane Jerman, Joshua Smith, Corey Warren (voices), String Section conducted by Cecilia Smith
  • Musicians: Black Spring, Spring: The Darkest Child, Seating By Color, Too Light A Negro For Me: A Love Story, New Births: Spring, Grief And Disasters; An African American In Rio Frio Costa Rica; From Confusion To Order: Spring; Dark Triumph!
  • Rating: Four Stars
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