"Tenor Darryl Taylor embarks on a more rewarding artistic journey in a collection of songs based on the poems of Langston Hughes. Taylor does not command the vibrant tone or the vocal charisma of a Domingo, but he sings with commitment in this fine collection.
Accompanied by pianist Maria Corley, Taylor catches the quiet intensity of John Musto's "Litany" as well as the joyous verve in William Grant Still's "A Black Pierrot."
Copyright restrictions prevent Naxos from providing texts. Taylor compensates by singing the words with clarity and expression.
Hughes has inspired a range of composers from Kurt Weill to contemporary songsmith Ricky Ian Gordon. Margaret Bonds provides a powerful score for "The Negro Speaks of Rivers."
Adding to the appeal of this compilation is the vivid voice of narrator William Warfield reciting excerpts from Hughes' work."