NorthernBlues Gospel Allstars, |
Voices of Hiram Joseph, Danny Brooks, Amoy Levy, John Finley and the Northern Blues Gospel Allstar Chorus deliver up a bunch of songs and styles that are as good as anywhere. And of course I marveled at the deep, raspy sound of Danny Brooks but didn't mind listening to the angelic strains of Amoy Levy, either.
The musicians -- Mark Mariash and Greg Cooper on drums, Bob Yeomans on guitar, Tim Drummond on bass, and Michael Fonfara on organ and piano -- do everything right.
Some of the above, along with Chris Brown, take a turn at the arranging. The result is that the tracks on the CD all have very different sounds, and are all very well done. Each singer has a strong individual style, vocal arrangements are very distinct on each track and the musical arrangements really give you a wide taste of what defines gospel music.
Opening with a catchy, finger-snapping arrangement of "Down by the Riverside" and closing with a harmonic chorus of "We Shall Overcome," the CD dishes it out in a very simple style, with some of the best gospel sounds you would ever want to find.
Perhaps if you prefer one style over another, you'll be a bit disappointed because of the variety here, but I think there's a fair distribution of upbeat tracks and more lowkey ones, and enough of each type to make it worth your while giving this a listen ... and another ... and another.