The New York audience sang, danced and cheered at this benefit for Free The Slaves, a not-for-profit group that fights against human trafficking. At historic Plymouth Church, once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the Impressions (the late, great Curtis Mayfield’s former group) delighted all with their trademark high-pitched vocals and easy swing tempos. Pointing out that “the songs were the message” in the 1960s, they satisfied the crowd with “People Get Ready,” “Keep On Pushin’” and “It’s All Right” as Binky Griptite led a funky, impressive band of Daptone Records studio musicians.
Daptone artists Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens set shoulders moving throughout the church. Backed by Cliff Driver’s soulful keyboard and Mikey Post’s crisp drumming, the ladies’ stirring vocals on fan favorites “One More River To Cross” and “What Have You Done” earned well-deserved standing ovations.
The Inspirational Voices of the Abyssinian Baptist Church’s subtle dynamics and modern harmonies displayed great heart and skill on their traditional spirituals.
– Annie Dinerman
There are 21-30 million people trapped in slavery worldwide today.
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