Superchief Trio’s second album of original material, Magnetic, features thirteen songs that run the gamut from swing, to boogie-woogie and blues, and back again. As the band delves deeper into these genres, the result is an irresistible, eclectic mix of dance music featuring first-rate musicianship, smart lyrics and foot stomping grooves. It’s music that instantly elevates your mood, and makes you want to get up dance – no matter where you are!
Rick Massimo of the Providence Journal, recently reviewed Magnetic, and this is what he had to say: “It’s been seven years since The Superchief Trio released their debut disc, “The Devil Knows Me Better,” and their new release, “Magnetic,” shows that they’ve grown since then in more ways than one. First off, with original members pianist-singer Keith Munslow, trombonist-singer Pam Murray and drummer John Cote joined by guitarist Tom Ferraro and bassist Steve Bigelow, they correctly bill themselves as Rhode Island’s largest trio. But that’s the smart-mouth version of their evolution, and “Magnetic” shows that a lot more has been going on.
The Superchief aesthetic grew out of New Orleans blues, with a bit of Chicago grind, mostly wrapped around original songs that echoed those traditions. On the all-original “Magnetic,” the Professor Longhair-style workout “Black Hole” recalls the old days, but there’s even more swing in store with songs such as the opening “Are you the Clown?” and “Little Runner,” as well as the gorgeous, standard-worthy “Waiting on a Letter” and the Weill-style swagger of “Good as it Gets.” The latter two songs establish Murray as the not-so-secret-anymore weapon of the disc, with “Good as it Gets” her tour de force, including the set-‘em-up-boys wail of her vocals and bumptious trombone solo, as well as the summer’s-day crooning on “Waiting on a Letter.” Overall, “Magnetic” establishes the “trio” as one of Rhode Island’s blues treasures, so steeped in tradition that they don’t need to consciously reach for it — and always with an eye toward the dance floor.”
This recording features thirteen original Superchief tunes, like “Evidence”, “Waitin’ On a Letter”, “Are You The Clown?” and many more.