Brothers

Brothers

by Taj Mahal
     
 
Brothers was the soundtrack to a seldom-viewed film of the same name, based on experiences of African-American activists George Jackson and Angela Davis (though different names were used by the movie's characters). Like many soundtracks, it was a side project (his last studio album had come out less than two months before) that few would expect to be on the

Overview

Brothers was the soundtrack to a seldom-viewed film of the same name, based on experiences of African-American activists George Jackson and Angela Davis (though different names were used by the movie's characters). Like many soundtracks, it was a side project (his last studio album had come out less than two months before) that few would expect to be on the same levels as his usual catalog. The songs are in the mode that Mahal was usually immersed in during the mid-1970s: bluesy, low-key tunes with a lot of Caribbean influence, particularly in the steel drums. The songs are pleasant but not especially ear-catching, exuding a languorous but streetwise feel. The most sensuous traits of Taj's voice come to the fore on "Brother's Doin' Times," one of the bluesiest and hence more satisfying tracks. Soundtracks often give artists license to dig into styles with which they're not usually associated, and Mahal did so here with the percussive chant "Free the Brothers." Less impressively, the instrumental passages dominating other tracks are unremarkable sweet background music with echoes of jazz fusion.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/2009
Label:
Wounded Bird
UPC:
0664140420328
catalogNumber:
4203
Rank:
26119

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Taj Mahal   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Track Performer,national steel guitar,Musician
Claudia Lennear   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rudy Costa   Bass,Clarinet,Flute,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Background Vocals,Wind,Kalimba,Shekere,Musician
Kwasi "Rocky" Dzidzornu   Percussion,Conga,Background Vocals,Musician
Ray Fitzpatrick   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Musician
Robert Greenidge   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Steel Drums,Musician
Larry McDonald   Percussion,Conga,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Musician
Alison Mills   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kester Smith   Percussion,Background Vocals,Musician,Trap Kit

Technical Credits

Taj Mahal   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Rudy Costa   Arranger
Kwasi "Rocky" Dzidzornu   Arranger
Ray Fitzpatrick   Arranger
Robert Greenidge   Arranger
Larry McDonald   Arranger
Kester Smith   Arranger

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