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Michael Mindingall: Praisestrumentals

Not “praise instrumentals.” But “praisestrumentals,” one word. With this debut, pianist Michael Mindingall joins the smooth-jazz-praise music mini-movement as embodied recently by guitarist Tim Bowman and pianist Ben Tankard. This jazz for Jesus is anything but lightweight-no accompaniment for Debbie Boone ballads here. Like Ramsey Lewis’ recent and glorious “With One Voice,” Mindingall’s music is steeped with gospel influences and projects a joyous energy. So much so that you could imagine any of these 12 songs filling the halls of your neighborhood church.

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