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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Heads Up
  • UPC: 053361316426
  • Catalog Number: 3164
  • Sales rank: 38,468

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Scratch My Back (4:20)
  2. 2 Never Let You Go (4:43)
  3. 3 Dust Me Down (3:28)
  4. 4 Further on Down the Road (4:47)
  5. 5 Black Man, Brown Man (3:52)
  6. 6 Zanzibar (5:52)
  7. 7 TV Mama (3:43)
  8. 8 I Can Make You Happy (4:59)
  9. 9 Slow Drag (6:33)
  10. 10 Hello Josephine (4:48)
  11. 11 Strong Man Holler (5:49)
  12. 12 Diddy Wah Diddy (4:36)
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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
Los Lobos Guest Appearance
Conrad Lozano Bass
Deva Mahal Background Vocals
Ziggy Marley Vocals, Guest Appearance
Leo Nocentelli Guitar
Pebbles Phillips Background Vocals
George Porter Jr. 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very cool Blues

    Wow! I really like this. Nice music, challenging and enjoyable. Taj Mahal has one of the best stage names in music, and this CD made me want more from him! I "discovered" the Blues in a dive bar in Kansas City 20 years ago, and have been interested in the genre since. I am not a fan of electric guitar heavy blues, and am always reluctant to purchase a CD. When I listened to this CD at the store, I was blown away! I purchased the CD and was impressed with every track on it. I would encourage all those who are turned-off by BB King and Johnny Winters style heavy guitar riffs to give Taj a chance!

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