Music News 3/28/24



Reyna Tropical, MALEGRÍA (Psychic Hotline, $15.98) – Vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Fabi Reyna, originally from Mexico, unveils fresh sounds on Malegría. You’ll pick up flavors and rhythms of electronica, cumbia, chicha, and soukous, all in an original mix backing her soft vocals.



Secret Sisters, MIND MAN MEDICINE (New West, $16.99) – I’m a big fan of sisters Laura Rogers and Lydia Rogers Slagle, from Alabama, known as the Secret Sisters. Their fifth album was recorded at the iconic FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals. Laura and Lydia wrote all the songs (some with co-writers), and feature their beautiful vocal harmonies. A standout track is “All the Ways,” featuring Ray LaMontagne on guest vocals.



Taj Mahal Sextet, SWINGIN’ LIVE AT THE CHURCH IN TULSA (New West, $16.99) – Taj and a superb crew of five musicians play a live set of favorites recorded at the Church Studio. The Church, a National Historic Landmark, began as the Grace M.E. Church in 1915. In 1972, Tulsa music hero, Leon Russell, bought the building and turned it into a renowned music studio. Besides Taj on guitar, banjo, and ukulele, you’ll hear standout solos on the lap steel and Telecaster by Bobby Ingano, on dobro by Rob Ickes, and a couple of songs where guitarist Trey Hensley shares some solos and vocals. Standouts include “Betty and Dupree,” “Queen Bee,” “Lovin’ in My Baby’s Eyes,” and “Corinna.”


Vinicius Cantuaria, PSYCHEDLIC RIO (Sunnyside, $17.98) – Brazilian singer/songwriter/guitarist Vinicius Cantuaria switches to electric guitar, on a new trio date with bassist Paolo Anriolo, and drummer and percussionist Roberto Rossi. Spacious, reverberant guitar and percolating drums and percussion provide a sweet bed for Cantuaria’s laid-back vocals.




Chris Potter / Brad Mehldau / John Patitucci / Brian Blade, EAGLE’S POINT (Edition, $16.98) – Saxophonist Chris Potter wrote tunes for a superstar session featuring Brad Mehldau on piano; John Patitucci on bass; and Brian Blade on drums.


John Surman, WORDS UNSPOKEN (ECM, $18.98) – John Surman plays soprano and baritone saxophones, as well as bass clarinet. On Words Unspoken, Surman convenes an intriguing group with vibes, electric guitar, and drums.