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Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo': TajMo

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Label: Concord Records
Released: 2017.05.05
Category: Blues
Producer(s): Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Leigh Brannon
Media type: CD
Web address: www.tajmo.com
Appears with: Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo'
Purchase date: 2017
Price in €: 1,00

 S o n g s ,   T r a c k s

[1] Don't Leave Me Here (Taj Mahal/Kevin R. Moore/Gary Nicholson) - 5:01
[2] She Knows How to Rock Me (Willie Perryman) - 2:40
[3] All Around the World (Chic Street Man/Kevin R. Moore) - 3:22
[4] Om Sweet Om (Om Johari/Kevin R. Moore/John Lewis Parker) - 3:35
[5] Shake Me in Your Arms (Billy Nichols) - 5:58
[6] That's Who I Am (Al Anderson/Kevin R. Moore/Leslie Satcher) - 4:17
[7] Diving Duck Blues (John Estes) - 4:28
[8] Squeeze Box (Pete Townshend) - 3:16
[9] Ain't Nobody Talkin' (John Caldwell/Kevin R. Moore) - 4:00
[10] Soul (Taj Mahal/Kevin R. Moore) - 6:01
[11] Waiting on the World to Change (John Mayer) - 2:42

 A r t i s t s ,   P e r s o n n e l

Keb' Mo' - Bass, Acoustic, Slide, Resonator & Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Organ, Percussion, Producer, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Taj Mahal - Banjo, Acoustic & Resonator Guitar, Producer, Ukulele, Vocals

Michael Hicks - Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3, Keyboards, Piano, Vocal Arrangement
Phil Hughley - Electric Guitar
Sam Levine - Flute, Tenor Saxophopne, Saxophone
Colin Linden - Guitar, Mandolin
Phil Madeira - Accordion, Hammond B3, Keyboards, Organ
Joe Walsh - Electric Guitar
Phillip Moore - Bass
Eric Ramey - Bass
Marcus Finnie - Drums
Tommy Sims - Bass
Keio Stroud - Drums, Keyboards
Crystal Taliefero - Percussion
Jeff Taylor - Accordion
Chester Thompson - Drums
Quentin Ware - Trumpet
Thad Witherspoon - Drums
Lizz Wright - Vocals
Nestor Torres - Soloist
Jovan Quallo - Saxophone
Keith Everette - Trumpet
Roland Barber - Trombone
Roger Bissell - Trombone
Lendell Black - Horn Arrangements

Bonnie Raitt - Background Vocals
Sidney Rudder - Background Vocals
Dain Ussery - Background Vocals

Leigh Brannon - Producer, Project Manager
Zach Allen - Engineer
John Caldwell - Engineer
Mychael Davison - Engineer
Alex Jarvis - Engineer
Jesse Nichols - Engineer
Andy Shoemaker - Engineer
William Sigismondi - Engineer
Casey Wasner - Engineer
Ross Hogarth - Mixing
Richard Dodd - Mastering
Jay Blakesberg - Photography
Melissa Wood - Package Design

 C o m m e n t s ,   N o t e s

Keb' Mo' and Taj Mahal have been friends and colleagues for years but 2017's TajMo is the first time the pair have recorded an album. It also marks the first time Taj Mahal has entered a studio since 2008 - Keb' Mo' last released an album in 2014 - and if this seems like it should be a momentous occasion, what's striking about TajMo is how casual the whole affair is. The duo designed TajMo to be an upbeat, life-affirming listen, something that emphasizes how the blues can also offer a good time. If the album can occasionally seem a little too crisp and polished - it's bright and shiny without a hint of grit - it's also true that this reflects the lightness at the heart of TajMo. Sometimes it gets so light it's almost glib - witness the cover of the Who's "Squeeze Box" - but Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' are also determined to broaden the scope of the blues, adding Soweto rhythms to "Soul," cutting a version of John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change," even making concessions to pop on the ebullient "All Around the World." Maybe it's not a major record but its mellowness is charming, and the two bluesmen play off each other like the longtime friends they are, which is an endearing thing to hear.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine - All Musigc Guide

TajMo marks a timely convergence of the talents of two unique American artists who've already built iconoclastic individual legacies that have extended and expanded blues traditions into adventurous new territory. The collaboration brings out the best in both artists, with the pair merging their distinctive voices, personalities and guitar styles to create vibrant, immediate music that's firmly rooted in tradition yet ruled by a playful sense of adventure. The album features guest appearances by Sheila E., Joe Walsh, Lizz Wright and Bonnie Raitt, who lends her voice to a distinctive cover of John Mayer's anthemic 'Waiting on the World to Change.'


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