Music Magic Reunion Recap: The Band Makes the Name

Music Magic, their name lives up to the show!

Some 28 years after the group disbanded, Music Magic proves worthy of their name with a string of reunion shows at Jazz Minds Café. I was lucky enough to catch one of their weekend performances on a Friday night (one of five gigs total).

It blew me away.

Jay Molina, Darryl Blouin, Fred Screuders, Al Pascua, Peter Factora, and Fred Li all sounded tight as ever. (Not that I would know, this was my first-ever Music Magic performance!)

Super funky, super soulful, super jazzy. Just the right blend.

Aloha Got Soul: Fred Schreuders and Jay Molina of Music Magic

Fred Schreuders (left) and Jay Molina (right) of Music Magic performing live at Jazz Minds Café.

They hit every song with enough energy to excite the crowds into rounds of shouts and howls. If there was a bigger dance floor, people would’ve stood up and, how do you say? Get their groove on.

And the percussion: flying all over the place, and loud, too, just like Darryl’s shirt, bright gold. Darryl was another show of his own accord, adlib-ing and scat-ing his way through songs, even singing Stevie Wonder’s “Do I Do” with the same conviction as the Wonder man himself. So good.

Songs included “People Make the World Go Round”, “What’s Goin’ On”, “Spain” by Chick Corea, and Music Magic originals “Ray Alan” and “Only Ours to Share”, and more.

Aloha Got Soul: Fred Li (right) and Darryl Blouiin of Music Magic

Fred Li (right) and Darryl Blouiin of Music Magic

My iPhone failed to make any decent audio recordings. Luckily, YouTuber bassplayer60 just uploaded some videos of Music Magic! (*Note: Darryl must’ve changed shirts for the 10:30pm show, because he was glittering gold a few hours earlier).

Mahalo to Jay Molina and the crew for a truly magical moment in Hawaii’s music history! And thanks to Fred Li and Joe Hee of No Hum Yet and Sound Systems Hawaii for organizing the Music Magic reunion shows!

Read more Music Magic

Doing Something Special: An Interview with Jay Molina
Mixed-Up Music Magic: The Many Styles of Hawaii’s Jazz-Fusion Group

  1. Shannon Kayatani October 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm


    Thank you for a great blog and accompanying youtube vids about this concert. I am new to Music Magic and love their soul and sound. My co-worker shared about this concert. Sounds like it was great. After further research and sampling of the available clips, I believe I am now a fan, but am trying to figure out how I can purchase CD’s I don’t do i-tunes). Any help would be greatly appreciated.



    1. Aloha Shannon, I’m having a hard time finding the CDs too, I haven’t been able to locate any copies on any Japanese sites (the CDs were released in Japan).

      Feel free to email me if you’d like more help finding their music.


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