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The Ten Shades Of Blues

The Ten Shades Of Blues by Richard Bona
Released: Apr 2010
Label: Decca
Son of a griot, raised playing balafon, and turned onto the bass guitar by none other than Jaco Pastorius, Richard Bona's got a great backstory. He's also got a unique take on the blues: These 10 shades don't bear much resemblance to American blues, with the exception of "Yara's Blues," but that's the fun part. Bona pays homage to Take 6 on his first track, Indian vocal music on the second; that exploratory spirit continues, tempered by Bona's trademark sweetness. It's a congenial, easygoing release that you'd have over for tea if you didn't put it on the stereo.
Sarah Bardeen

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