December 10, 2008

ONLY ONE GUY CAN MAKE DR. J. THE SECOND BEST BIG MAN OUT OF UMASS:

Taj Mahal: 'Maestro' Of The Blues (World Cafe, November 28, 2008)

Taj Mahal is a blues icon, and he not only preserves that American musical form but also takes from a large range of styles, including reggae, jazz, gospel, R&B, zydeco and much more. His new album, Maestro, celebrates an illustrious career, mingling original work with genre classics and songs written by some of the many artists he's influenced, including Ben Harper, Ziggy Marley and Los Lobos among others.

Far from a passing of the torch, however, Mahal considers this record just the beginning of another stage in his forty years of musical exploration. During this visit, he shares stories from the path that led him to this chapter, including his Caribbean heritage and his childhood introduction to the blues through a homemade radio.


One of the most enjoyable concerts I ever attended was in a little theater in Montclair, NJ. The gigantic Taj Mahal came out on stage in a flowered shirt, plunked himself down on a stool and played and talked solo for ninety minutes.



Posted by Orrin Judd at December 10, 2008 12:50 PM
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