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SPIRITUAL TO THE BONE

Stephen Bulla - Spiritual to the 'Bone



[Spiritual to the 'Bone on tour in Australia, 1999]


This electrifying jazz ensemble features ten trombonists accompanied by rhythm section. The music is entirely based on arrangements of well-known spirituals, penned by three of the group's membership: Eric Alexander, Bill Broughton, and Steve Bulla.

The group has made tours of Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and England. In addition there have been appearances around North America sponsored by Universities, the International Trombone Association and The Salvation Army.

The group's four studio recordings have met with much popularity, including these reviews:

A fifth CD, "Live In Switzerland" is also available along with music and other CDs from the group by contacting us via email:

See below for more about all five Spiritual to the 'Bone albums [more information will be following soon].

SPIRITUAL TO THE 'BONE
Compact Discs
Available from BullaMusic.com

Spiritual to the 'Bone [Volume 1]

Track listing: Dry Bones; Swing Low; Go Down, Moses; Motherless Child; Spiritual to the 'Bone; Heaven Bound; Little David, Play; Jericho; Michael, Row The Boat; Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit; Deep River; Nobody Knows The Trouble

Personnel: Tenor Trombones: Eric Alexander, Bill Broughton, Herb Bruce, Steve Bulla, Bass Trombones: Willis Howell, Christopher Priest. Rhythm section: John Legg [piano], Kent Ashcraft [guitar], David Wundrow [bass], Jeffrey Gilliam [drums], Kurt S. Weil [mallets].

Released: 1993

Spiritual to the 'Bone: Volume 2

Track listing: Roll Jordan, Roll; Ring Them Bells; Go Tell It On The Mountain; He Knows My Ways; Amen; Just a Closer Walk; Old Time Religion; He's Comin' Again; When He Calls Me Home; He's Got the Whole World; Standin' In The Need of Prayer; Kum Ba Yah; The Gospel Train

Personnel: Tenor Trombones: Eric Alexander, Bill Broughton, Herb Bruce, Steve Bulla, Bass Trombones: Willis Howell, Christopher Priest. Rhythm section: John Legg [piano], Rick Whitehead [acoustic and electric guitar], David Wundrow [acoustic and electric bass], Jeffrey Gilliam [drums], Bernie Dake [additional percussion].

Released: 1994

Spiritual to the 'Bone: Christmas Edition [Volume 3]

Track listing: Jingle Bells; Grat Day; Sweet Little Jesus Boy; Walk Together Children; Mary Had a Baby; Rise Up Shepherd; Go Where I Send Thee; Linus & Lucy; Pat-A-Pan; Manger Song; Mary's Boy Child; Christmas Time Is Here; Carol of the Bells; The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy; A Starry Night; I Wonder as I Wander

Personnel: Tenor Trombones: Eric Alexander,Herb Bruce, Steve Bulla, Tom Walker, Bass Trombones: Willis Howell, Christopher Priest. Rhythm section: John Legg [MIDI keyboards], Rick Whitehead [acoustic and electric guitar], Aaron Clay [acoustic and electric bass], Steve Searfoss [MIDI drums], Carlos Jorge, Angel Rodriquez, Jose Suazo, Jr. [Latin percussion], Bernie Dake [additional percussion].

Released: 1995

Spiritual to the 'Bone: 'Bones and Voices [Volume 4]

Track listing: Great Getting Up Morning; Lord Lord You Sure Been Good to Me; Down By The Riverside; Jesus Wipes Away My Tears; Hush! (Somebody's Callin' My Name); Listen To The Lambs; Fanfare For STTB; All Over God's Heaven; There Is A Balm In Gilead; Steal Away; The Kingdom of God; I Want To Be Ready

Personnel: Tenor Trombones: Eric Alexander, Bill Broughton, Herb Bruce, Steve Bulla, Dorothy Gates, Bass Trombones: Willis Howell, Eddie Clark. Rhythm section: Bob Patin [piano], Mike Elliott [acoustic and electric guitar], Mike Webber [acoustic and electric bass], Kenny Malone [drums, conga, shaker].

Released: 1997

Spiritual to the 'Bone LIVE: Swiss Tour 1999 [Volume 5]

Track listing: Dry Bones; Swing Low; Walk Together Children; Lord, Lord, You Sure Been Good To Me; A Starry Night; Manger Song; Little David, Play; Go Where I Send Thee; The Kingdom of God; Take My Hand; Motherless Child; Mood Indigo; Soon; Roll Jordan, Roll; Golden Jubilee.

Personnel: Trombones: (Left group) Thomas Walker, Herb Bruce, Eric Alexander, Stephen Bulla, Willis Howell [bass trombone], (Right group) Kevin Hayward, Curtis Metcalf, Thomas Hulte, Dorothy Gates, Philip Bulla [bass trombone]. Rhythm section: Don Innes [piano], Paul Scott [double bass], Phil Crabbe [drums]

Released: 1999


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