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Tye Tribbett and G.A.



The Tye Tribbett and G.A. album Victory Live! gives a taste of what's in store for the Hill audience. Tribbett reaches the highest level of intensity near the beginning with "I Want It All Back," an extraordinary rant directed at Lucifer by a newly converted soul. "If you want it all back, jump to your feet right now!" Tribbett yells at the beginning over a wall of rock guitar descending in a chromatic sequence of four notes. "Somebody SCREAM!" Then later he divides inspirational quatrains with the choir women over a big funk beat:

Ladies, say it: you hit me hard (You hit
me hard) Ow! (I should be knocked out.)
Unh! (Things I've been through) Don't
even want to talk about. (Don't even want to talk about.)
You crossed the line (You crossed the
line) this time (you violated me).
(I want revenge.) And I want everything
back from A to Z!

It's a virtuoso performance, and if not everything else on the program reaches this kind of power, Tribbett is a master at keeping the energy level up. It should all be even more soul-transporting to experience in person.

The African American gospel choir has proven a remarkably flexible instrument, adaptable to 100 years of changes in the music that surrounds it in the wider world. If you want to see where it's going next, or just to get yourself in line for some good old-fashioned sacred inspiration, Tye Tribbett and G.A. at Hill Auditorium offer a rare local opportunity to experience commercial black gospel music on a large scale.

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