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|"||Terry and I met about eight years ago through a mutual friend. When Chet Atkins introduced us he may not have had an idea of what was to come, but Terry and I did. Terry is one great Blues Harmonica player who sings and plays with unsurpassed feeling. He lives outside of Nashville and records with most of the great country superstars. He performed with Neil Young at Live Aid, sat in with Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis and has been part of some of the hottest projects in the music business. When you listen to Terry you hear his influences - you hear Paul Butterfield, John Mayall and Little Walter. But most of all, you hear Terry. Terry is a real show stopper, and I'll gladly share my stage with him on my upcoming tour.|
So when you listen to this music, enjoy the ride. Just sit back and be ready to rock and be moved.
-Larry Carlton, from the liner notes for Renegade Gentleman
|"||Though an expectedly eclectic mix of blues, calypso, Caribbean music, and bits of reggae, disco, and other pop forms, Music Fuh Ya (Musica Para Tu) was not one of Mahal's more inspired outings. No one could criticize Mahal for lack of ambition in his efforts to integrate more styles into the folk-blues blend at the core of his music. But the surfeit of instrumentation, particularly the steel drums, were sometimes distractions more than enhancements, resulting in a forced, slick party atmosphere to cuts like "You Got It." Something like a cover of the blues-folk classic "Freight Train" plays much more to Mahal's strengths, but the trimmings of jazzy sax and steel drums aren't necessary when Taj alone could do a more convincing version. On "Baby, You're My Destiny," he gets more into the ingratiating Leon Redbone old-time/ragtime mood, and "The Four Mills Brothers," a nod to old jazz-pop vocal bands, works better than most cuts. He uses reggae (on "Honey Babe") and disco (on "Curry") rhythms to lesser effect, though. |
~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide