DON BYRON NEW GOSPEL QUINTET
Don Byron, clarinet, tenor saxophone, background vocals; Carla Cook, vocals; Xavier Davis, piano; Brad Jones, bass, background vocals; Pheeroan akLaff, drums
“another successful Byron experiment, but it's more than that. While its grooves are not a vision of gospel music since Dorsey, the music points to possibilities for the future that, like Dorsey's and [Sister Rosetta] Tharpe's examples, never lose sight of the blues.” -- allmusic
“Byron got the crowd clapping and the house moving on “Walking on the King’s Highway,” but for this listener it was the quietest moments that were the most stirring, such as when bassist Jerome Harris and [vocalist Carla] Cook, for instance, began the Charles Tindley hymn, “Beams of Heaven,” made famous by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Cook singing over the gentle back beat on hi-hat provided by akLaff.” – The Arts Fuse/artsfuse.org
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