Throughout his career and especially during the past decade, Dr. James Abbington has emerged as one of the principal voices in the world of African American worship and music. He has risen to that stature both as performing musician and scholar--equally at home on the organ or piano bench, at the conductors podium, or on the dais in the lecture hall of a major university, hehas an extraordinary ability to fully engage his listeners while communicating adeep knowledge of--and passion for--the subject matter at hand. James Abbingtons scholarship is unmistakably present in his writing.
--Robert J. Batastini, Past President and Fellow, The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada Retired Senior Editor, GIA Publications, Inc.
From the Foreword
Under Executive Editor James Abbington (Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia), GIAs African American Church Music Series has expanded to nearly 200 choral pieces
The knowledge and expertise that informs the African American Church Music Series is contained in the essays, introductions, forewords and other writings that Abbington has penned at the request of publishers and authors. Now, these elements come together inside the cover of one book.