Gospel Quartet Men in the Fire Play the Jazz Kitchen on December 17th.
Even if you’re not religious in the slightest, you must conceded that there’s plenty of good religious music out there. From Gregorian masse and motets to the spirituals of Hall Johnson, many have given their faith voice through music. And done a fantastic job of it. Speaking of gospel, Men in the Fire are coming to play the Jazz Kitchen on December 17th.
A Brief History
Men in the Fire formed in 2000. Initially a trio, they added a forth man in 2004. Since then, they have gained a reputation for their shining harmonies and upbeat approach to their material. After all, the scripture does implore us to make a joyful noise unto the lord, right? They have become a fixture of Indianapolis’ more faith-oriented music scene. Performing everywhere from theaters to homeless shelters, these four men on a mission show no signs of stopping anytime soon.
Men in the Fire uses gospel songs and spirituals as their base, of course. These venerable African-American genres are fine on their own, but why limit oneself? MITF takes this already fine material and puts their own spin on it. By adding jazz, soul, and R&B, already powerful songs become show stoppers. One could also see this as all three genres revisiting their roots, as the styles developed in gospel singing underpin all of them.
At the core of their sound is the four-part harmony for which they have become known. This puts them in the same territory, sonically, as groups like the Four Tops or the Temptations. Even though the Temptations had more than four members. Of course, their subject material is much different than these more secular groups. All the same, old school soul fans should find themselves in familiar territory.
So, as always. The venue is the Jazz Kitchen, door’s at 3:00 PM, with an encore performance at 5:45.
See you there!