Maestro

Maestro

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by Taj Mahal
     
 

The list of special guests who appear on Taj Mahal's Maestro is hardly what one would expect from a veteran bluesman. Among the special guests are Ziggy Marley, Los Lobos, Ben Harper, and African pop vocalist Angélique Kidjo -- not exactly a conventional blues lineup. But then,See more details below

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The list of special guests who appear on Taj Mahal's Maestro is hardly what one would expect from a veteran bluesman. Among the special guests are Ziggy Marley, Los Lobos, Ben Harper, and African pop vocalist Angélique Kidjo -- not exactly a conventional blues lineup. But then, Mahal is hardly a conventional blues artist. He has been providing eclectic, far-reaching albums for a long time, and that spirit of adventure is alive and well on this 2008 release (which marks his 40th year as a recording artist -- Mahal provided his first album in 1968). No one expects Mahal's albums to be the work of a blues purist; in fact, Mahal (who plays guitar, harmonica, banjo, and ukulele on Maestro) is the opposite of a blues purist. While Maestro has its share of electric blues, the veteran singer also gets into everything from soul ("Further on Down the Road") and early R&B (Fats Domino's "Hello Josephine") to reggae ("Black Man, Brown Man," "Never Let You Go") and African pop ("Zanzibar"). The latter features Kidjo on lead vocals and Toumani Diabaté on the kora (a traditional African instrument), while Los Lobos appear on "Never Let You Go" and the humorous "TV Mama" (which is among the disc's straight-ahead blues offerings). Mahal, true to form, is all over the place stylistically on this 57-minute CD -- and yet, Maestro never sounds the least bit unfocused. Being eclectic comes naturally to Mahal, who sees to it that Maestro is a consistently engaging celebration of his 40th year as a recording artist.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2008
Label:
Heads Up
UPC:
0053361316426
Rank:
31498

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Taj Mahal   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica,Ukulele,Vocals
Billy Branch   Harmonica
Big Jack Johnson   Guest Appearance
Ivan Neville   Hammond Organ
Steve Berlin   Organ,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tony Braunagel   Drums
Rudy Costa   Alto Saxophone
Carlton "Santa" Davis   Drums
Debra Dobkin   Percussion
Ben Harper   Guest Appearance
David Hidalgo   Guitar
Michael Hyde   Keyboards
Michael Jerome   Percussion,Drums
Angélique Kidjo   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Darrell Leonard   Trumpet,Trombonium
Lobos   Guest Appearance
Conrad Lozano   Bass
Deva Mahal   Background Vocals
Ziggy Marley   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Leo Nocentelli   Guitar
Pebbles Phillips   Background Vocals
George Porter   Bass
Cesar Rosas   Guitar
Johnny Lee Schell   Guitar
Kester Smith   Percussion,Drums
Joe Sublett   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mick Weaver   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Jason Yates   Keyboards
Bill Rich   Bass
C.C. White   Background Vocals
Toumani Diabaté   Kora
Larry Fulcher   Bass
Louie Pérez   Jarana
Cougar Estrada   Drums
Takeshi Akimoto   Guitar
Phantom Blues Band   Guest Appearance
Jesse Ingalls   Bass
Jason Mozersky   Guitar
Tracy Hazzard   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Taj Mahal   Composer,Producer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Warren Haynes   Producer
Fats Domino   Composer
Jean Hébrail   Vocal Producer
George Horn   Mastering
Danny Kalb   Engineer
Angélique Kidjo   Composer
Deva Mahal   Composer
Joe McGrath   Engineer
Johnny Lee Schell   Producer,Engineer
Robert Carranza   Vocal Recording
Marc Moreau   Engineer
Lou Willie Turner   Composer
Gordie Johnson   Producer,Engineer
Mark Johnson   Engineer

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