Sunday, May 19, 2013

Jerry Fielding & Jon Faddis: A Closer Look at A Closer Walk

It’s been a while since I had featured a Spiritual Sunday song. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered that Jon Faddis was the artist on “A Closer Look at A Closer Walk.” It was featured prominently in the Clint Eastwood film “The Gauntlet” and since I did a weekly jazz program, I stayed to the end of the credits trying to discover who the trumpeter was on this song. If Faddis was credited, I missed it.

I caught the title, but not the name of the artist as Jerry Fielding was listed as performer on all of the cuts. I saw the movie in Huntington, West Virginia in early 1978 and had forgotten about this cut until seeing the movie again several months ago. It is a great take on the old spiritual classic, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.” This and a cup of coffee should get your Sunday moving.

By the way, the artwork for the movie poster and the soundtrack was done by one of my favorite artists: Frank Frazetta.  I wrote about Frazetta and his contributions to the music world back in 2010 when he passed away.

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