Songs of Struggle and Redemption

CD cover Dashon Burton, songs of struggle, spirituals and civil rights - on Acis

Dashon Burton and Nathaniel Gumbs

“Their work is most imaginative and delightful”
New York Times, The Best Classical Music Recordings of 2016

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1. Sometimes I Feel like a Motherless Child
2. My Lord, What a Mornin’
3. Go Down, Moses
4. Wade in De Water
5. Nobody Knows De Trouble I’ve Seen
6. I Want to be Ready
7. Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho
8. Steal Away
9. Deep River
10. Go Tell it on De Mountains! (Christmas Song of the Plantation)
11. Give Me Jesus
12. Ride On, King Jesus!
13. I’ve Been in the Storm
14. Were You There
15. He Never Said a Mumberlin’ Word
16. Don’t You Weep After Me
17. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
18. We Shall Not be Moved
19. This Train
20. If You Miss Me from the Back of the Bus
21. Freedom in the Air
22. We Shall Overcome


New York Times – The Best Classical Music Recordings of 2016:
‘SONGS OF STRUGGLE AND REDEMPTION: WE SHALL OVERCOME’ Dashon Burton, bass-baritone; Nathaniel Gumbs, piano (Acis). Mr. Burton is a beloved fixture of the New York choral scene, and it is always a pleasure to hear him step out in solos. In this superb collection of songs and spirituals, he reveals his personality more fully. Mr. Gumbs provides excellent support, but it is Mr. Burton’s unaccompanied version of the crucifixion anthem “He Never Said a Mumblin’ Word” that will live with you longest.

Dashon Burton, New York Times

Review: Works With Hélène Grimaud, Daniel Barenboim and Others
Dashon Burton, his deep, rich bass-baritone and his trademark waist-length dreadlocks are familiar to followers of Roomful of Teeth, the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and other vocal ensembles. But this remarkable collection of songs and spirituals offers an ideal solo showcase for his artistry. The first two sets of traditional material, “Struggle” and “Redemption,” feature piano arrangements mostly by H. T. Burleigh, with a few by Hall Johnson and Roland Hayes, deftly and feelingly performed by Nathaniel Gumbs. But the real gem of the disc, at the end of those sets, is unaccompanied: Mr. Burton’s profoundly moving — indeed, haunting — interpretation of the crucifixion anthem “He Never Said a Mumblin’ Word.” A third set, “We Shall Overcome,” offers songs with more contemporary leanings in arrangements by Mr. Burton and Mr. Gumbs. Their work is most imaginative and delightful in “This Train (Is Bound for Glory).” A beautiful and lovable disc.
JAMES R. OESTREICH, New York Times, May 6, 2016