Title - Songs of Struggle & Redemption: We Shall Overcome
Artist - Dashon Burton
For those not in the know, bass-baritone Dashon Burton is a native of Bronx, NY. Praised for his “nobility and rich tone,” (New York Times) and hailed as “excellent,” (Akron Beacon Journal) and “robust,” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) he is active in a wide range of repertoire and feels privileged to have worked with artists and ensembles all across the U.S. as well as in Cameroon, Canada, Italy and Germany.
Recent collaborations include Pierre Boulez, Masaaki Suzuki and Steven Smith. He began his professional studies at Case Western Reserve University and graduated from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. Burton is also an avid performer of new music, and has premiered works of Christopher Cerrone, Caroline Shaw, William Brittelle, and Judd Greenstein. He is a founding member of the internationally touring chamber ensemble Roomful of Teeth.
Here on his latest CD, Songs of Struggle & Redemption: We Shall Overcome, along with Nathaniel Gumbs on Piano, they bring forth a quite incredible selection of 22 songs. From the deep baritone vocals of the opener, 'Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,' through to 'My Lord, What a Mornin', 'Go Down, Moses' and both 'Wade in De Water' and 'Nobody Knows De Trouble I've Seen,' this first part of the musical trilogy re: Struggle is one to truly behold.
As the second chapter Redemption opens with the rousing 'Ride On, King Jesus!,' it also has the ability to never let go of your attention either. For backing it up quite mesmerizingly are tracks such as 'I've Been in De Storm,' 'Were You There,' and the simply stunning 'He Never Said a Mumberlin' Word.' Wow, this track alone is one of the highlights of this incredible album.
The trilogy is rounded out by We Shall Overcome, which begins with the highly poignant, upbeat Gospel of 'Don't You Weep After Me' and follows that with 'Keep Your Eyes On the Prize,' the tried and tested walking anthem 'We Shall Not Be Moved,' and other such as both 'If You Miss Me from the Back of the Bus' and the album closer, 'We Shall Overcome.'