The Ten Shades of Blues showcases Bona’s diverse and rich musical background, with noticeable touches of jazz, bluegrass, and European pop. This is an album that should defy expectations.
One tune in particular, “Shiva Mantra” has an obvious Indian flavor, embedded in African roots. Other songs incorporate the talents of various musicians, like Shankar Mahadevan on vocals and Ryan Cavanaugh playing banjo, to give different cultural influences on the album.
The Ten Shades of Blues continues to show that Richard Bona is a player worthy of recognition, and that his dedication to his work as a band leader and a sideman is undeniable. So, it goes without saying that this album can be easily placed with many of his others, in the “must have” bin of any music collection.
1. Take One
2. Shiva Mantra
3. Good Times
4. M’Bemba Mama
7. African Cowboy
9. Yara’s Blues
10. Sona Moyo
11. Camer Secrets
You can sample the album on Bona’s web site.