- Released: July 8, 1997
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Fantasy
- 1.The Bishop's Greeting
- 2.Kyrie Eleison
- 3.Come With Us, O Blessed Jesus
- 4.Nicene Creed (I Believe)
- 5.Come Holy Ghost
- 6.Theme to Grace
- 7.Sursum Corda and Sanctus
- 8.The Lord's Prayer
- 9.Agnus Dei (O Lamb of God)
- 10.Holy Communion Blues
- 11.Adore Devote (Humbly I Adore Thee)
- 12.In Remembrance of Me
- 13.Gloria in Excelsis
- 14.Blessing (Bishop James A. Pike)
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Personnel: Vince Guaraldi (piano); Tom Beeson (bass); Lee Charlton (drums); St. Paul's Church Of San Rafael Choir.
Recorded live at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California on May 21, 1965. Includes liner notes by Paul Frederick Zumsteg and Rev. Charles Gompertz.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1997, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Vince Guaraldi (piano); Lee Charlton (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Authors: Paul Frederick Zumsteg; Philip Elwood.
Recording information: Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA (05/21/1965).
Photographer: Jamie Putnam.
Unknown Contributor Role: Saint Paul's Church Of San Rafael Choir.
Arranger: Vince Guaraldi.
In a year that also saw Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck and Lalo Schifrin write jazz-based pieces for the church, Vince Guaraldi may have come up with the most effective sacred work of the four. Written for the completion of San Francisco's Grace Cathedral, Guaraldi's Mass fuses his mainstream and Latin strains comfortably and movingly underneath the plain vanilla Gregorian lines and Anglican plainchant of a 68-voice chorus. Sometimes all Vince does to create a beguiling effect is improvise arpeggios or have his trio engage in a hot bossa nova workout as the chorus chants on one note. Despite the immense size of the cathedral, this music produces an intimate, unpretentious and undeniably emotional response - and there is plenty of jazz content, particularly when Guaraldi's trio goes it alone for nearly a third of the work in the ruminative "Holy Communion Blues." By all means, check this beautiful, unusual album out. ~ Richard S. Ginell