Tony Scherman
April 17, 1998 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sacred Island

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Private Music
genre
World, Blues

We gave it a B

Hula Blues is just what the title Sacred Island suggests: the redoubtable Henry Saint Clair Fredericks (a.k.a. Taj Mahal) filtering his down-home blues sensibility through the indolent strains of Hawaii (where he lived for a dozen years). It’s a perfect (i.e., relaxed) fit, and this encyclopedia of Third World musical styles adds yet another idiom to his massive vocabulary. B

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