Songbook. Spiritual vibes reign supreme in superb vocalist/sound-shaper Gaby Hernandez, who put out a jaw-droppingly tasty album last year titled Spirit Reflection with the aid of Kamasi Washington, Dexter Story, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Carlos Niño.
Two like-minded souls make a defiant stand for joy, love and enlightenment. Singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd emits a gracefully conceived and wonderfully intimate music gingerly plucked on acoustic guitar and sung in exceptionally crystalline tones. While her own compositions often reside roughly in the art-folk mode, her exploratory point of view over several solo albums reveals an intriguing range, from deeply satisfying covers of Chilean folk and classic Brazilian tunes to piquant variations on Afro-samba and head-skewing remixes in collaboration with the most talented of L.A.’s electronic artists and DJs. Her excellent latest is a covers collection called