Damien Sneed Joins Wynton Marsalis on The Abyssinian Mass

Damien Sneed Joins Wynton Marsalis on The Abyssinian Mass

The package includes an essay by Leon Wieseltier, author, critic, and contributing editor and former literary editor of The New Republic. “The Abyssinian Mass is a perfect score for the practice of renewal,” Wieseltier writes. “Marsalis has produced music for a full liturgy. The first thing one notices about this work is its magnitude. The mass is massive. In Marsalis’ sweet amplification of the prophet’s verse, this house of prayer is ‘for all, all, all, all nations.’ And for all, all, all, all states of the soul. ‘Everyone has a place in the House of God.’”

On February 5, The Abyssinian Mass will be available for pre-order and the first single, “Recessional: The Glory Train,” will be available for download and on streaming services.


Fans who purchase The Abyssinian Mass via Jazz at Lincoln Center’s webstore will receive a limited edition tote bag and the 2013 Abyssinian Tour Diary. More information can be found on http://store.jazz.org.

The Abyssinian Mass double album and bonus DVD release documents the work’s immense power to make audiences clap and sing, its joyous spirituality, its profound swing and its bluesy swagger. The exploration of the Afro-American experience placesThe Abyssinian Mass in the tradition of Marsalis’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Blood on the Fields; as the album reminds us, “In this great land of ours, everyone has a place.”


The Abyssinian Mass Track Listing:

Disc 1

  1. Devotional (8:34)
  2. Call to Worship (5:11)
  3. The Lord’s Pray er (4:13)
  4. Processional: “We Are On Our Way” (7:25)
  5. Invocation and Chant (6:29)
  6. Responsive Reading, Matthew 5:3-12The Beatitudes (7:57)
  7. Gloria Patri (5:05)
  8. Prayer: “Pastoral Prayer” (13:05)
  9. Choral Response: “Through Him I’ve Come to See” (2:21)
  10. Anthem: “Glory to God in the Highest” (7:01)

Disc 2

  1. Scripture: Isaiah 56:7 (2:36)
  2. Meditation: “Lord Have Mercy” (4:59)
  3. Sermon: “The Unifying Power of Prayer” – Part I: “This House is God’s House” (4:17)
  4. Sermon: “The Unifying Power of Prayer” – Part II: “The Power of Prayer” (4:57)
  5. Sermon: “The Unifying Power of Prayer” – Part III: “Everyone Has a Place” (3:15)
  6. Invitation: “Come and Join the Army” (4:33)
  7. Offertory: The Father (2:39)
  8. Offertory: The Son (3:22)
  9. Offertory:  (You Gotta Watch) The Holy Ghost (4:45)
  10. Doxology (3:21)
  11. Recessional: “The Glory Train” (7:34)
  12. Benediction (1:27)
  13. Amen (8:20)




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