Rating: 4 / 5
The latest release from Salvo Bigband is a cracker. This ensemble encompasses so many different styles in its 14 tracks that it’s a concert in itself. From spiritual classics with vocals like ‘Redeemer’ and ‘Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)’, to much loved numbers like Gershwin’s ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ and the classic made famous by Louis Armstrong, ‘What a Wonderful World’, this is an album to please any lover of good music. The playing is crisp and the arrangements are terrific. The famous old hymn ‘Crown Him With Many Crowns’ has been given a catchy 21st century makeover, while a song well-known to anyone with a Salvo background, ‘He Turned My Mourning’, has been given a rocky, upbeat treatment that may well make you want to get up and dance along.
As it’s called Testify, it’s fitting that several band members have written short, heartfelt testimonies about how they feel about particular songs. As musical director Brian Hogg writes about the track ‘All Your Anxiety’, “I love this simple song with a message of faith and assurance.”
And that’s what Testify is all about—using music to bring light to an uncertain world in a totally accessible way. Whatever your religious beliefs, you will feel uplifted by the music on this album.
As Ben Waterworth explains in the cover notes, “It’s an incredible privilege to play and present music that glorifies Christ, because you just never know the impact a tune or a lyric might have on someone.” And when these lovely melodies are played as well as this, it’s an irresistible album. To listen is to love it.
Warcry has two CDs of the Salvo Bigband’s fabulous new album Testify to give away to readers. To be in the running to win, visit warcry.org.au/salvo-bigband-testify by 28 August.