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'Songs of Struggle & Redemption'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Songs of Struggle & Redemption'

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'Songs of Struggle & Redemption'

Dashon Burton bass-bar Nathaniel Gumbs pf Acis Productions (F) APL30868 (61' * DDD * T)

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child. My Lord, what a mornin'. Go down, Moses. Wade in de water. Nobody knows de trouble I've seen. I want to be ready. Joshua fit de battle of Jericho. Steal away. Deep river. Go tell it on de mountains!. Give me Jesus. Ride on, King Jesus!. I've been in de storm. Were you there. He never said a mumberlin' word. Don't you weep after me. Keep your eyes on the prize. We shall not be moved. This train. If you miss me from the back of the bus. Freedom in the air. We shall overcome

Bass-baritone Dashon Burton has begun to develop a flourishing career with orchestras and opera companies. Here, he shows the intimate side of his artistry in a recital entitled 'Songs of Struggle & Redemption: We Shall Overcome'. Intimate doesn't necessarily mean small. Burton, in fact, has a voluminous voice, rich in timbre and flexible throughout the range. But he doesn't seem at all interested in overselling. The range of emotions he conveys reflects thorough and thoughtful examination of texts and music. …

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