inGratitude Embraced the Elements of the Universe
Article and Photography by Rodney Black
Earth, Wind, and Fire. The Elements. Maurice White. Philip Bailey. The Horn Section. A sound that takes us back to days gone by, of real music. Their songs evoke memories of everything from black-light parties in the basement, to sold out venues across the country as well as this evening at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club.
While many of the original members are no longer performing or have passed on, most notably lead vocalist Maurice White, their music lives on through tribute bands like inGratitude. Comprised of talented vocalists and musicians, inGratitude celebrated the release of their first CD at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club with a near packed house of fans young and old. Playing classics like Reasons, Getaway, That’s the Way of the World, Shining Star, September, and Can’t Hide Love, inGratitude took the patrons on a nostalgic walk down memory lane. Vocalist Jeffrey Walker showcased both his and the band’s diversity with beautiful cover of John Lennon’s Imagine, that somehow morphed into an unexpected but equally beautiful rendition of The Lord’s Prayer. The title track of their new CD, Message in the Music, was a fitting tribute to the one of the most artistic and creative groups in musical history. Partial proceeds from the sale of the CD are being donated to the Parkinson Foundation in memory of EW&F’s visionary leader, Maurice White.
If you have an opportunity to see the inGratitude, please do. You won’t be disappointed!!