Treasures: Diplomats’ version of “It is Well”
I just listened to the Diplomats’ Hymns Vol. 1 CD. Easily the highlight of this CD was a magnificent rendition of “It is Well.”
Pat Barker was their bass at the time; does anyone know if he had the solo? It doesn’t sound like Jimmy or Corey Pearson.
If it’s him, the rendition is a pretty incredible feat for a bass singer. The song is keyed in B-flat, one key below the hymnal standard of C. The singer has a bass-like richness in his voice, even up to the middle C, and doesn’t rely on a single low note to carry the song. Yet I think it may well be a bass solo.