Deep River, my home is over Jordan.
Deep River, Lord, I want to cross over into campground.
Deep River, my home is over Jordan,
Deep River, Lord,I want to cross over into campground.
Oh, don't you want to go, to that gospel feast.
That promised land, where all is peace.
Oh, Deep River, Lord, I want to cross over into campground.
Edited by Roger Argente.
Deep River is a spiritual of Afro-American origin. It was used in the 1929 film version of "Showboat" although it was not used in the original show. The melody is also sung in the closing section of Michael Tippett's oratorio "A Child of our Time" and was also adapted into the popular song "Dear Old Southland".
Mark Bassey is a highly versatile composer and trombonist who can be heard in many different guises playing alongside Alan Barnes, Julian Arguelles, Nikki Iles and recently with Billy Jenkins and the BBC Big Band at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club.
Mark has written numerous compositions and arrangements, many of which have been recorded and broadcast - over 30 big band charts and various commissions including work for the Associated Board. He has recorded widely - recently with Daphna Sadeh, Johannes Lemke, Clark Tracey. In 2007 he released Mark Bassey's Telling Stories, an album featuring his own highly programmatic writing.
Mark has been involved with jazz education for over 25 years, teaching trombone and running classes in harmony, improvisation, composition and arranging at many colleges including the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College of Music, and the Jamey Aebersold jazz summer school.