Music Reviews

Taj Mahal & The Hula Blues

Hanapepe Dreams

Tone Cool

Taj Mahal’s at it again. Not satisfied with just resting on his laurels, the legendary blues man just loves pushing the boundaries of the music he so loves. Like former band mate Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal takes his sound across the globe, looking for connections wherever they can be combined. With Mumtaz Mahal, he created an Indic blues gem. With Kulanjan, Mahal completed his own Mephis to Mali odyssey to create one of the most fascinating blues albums ever produced.

In Hanapepe Dreams, Taj Mahal revisits his Hawaiian blues sound. What you get here is a nice, breezy sound with a strong tropical vibe. Mahal combines American blues with Hawaiian music and splashes of reggae. This is a refreshingly good time, a lazy sunshine-y day. Mahal creates a quiet celebration of life far from the pathos most people associate with the blues. These Dreams put a beautiful smile on your weary face as though every crystalline note massages your tense shoulders. This is an album full of a profound pleasure you’ll find hard to resist.

Tone Cool Records: http://www.tonecool.com/


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