Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Taj Mahal

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Multi-instrumentalist and singer Taj Mahal’s career spans more than 40 years, making a compilation a real challenge. But this focused set doesn’t even try to catch every hue and nuance of his career. Instead the CD is a concentration of Mahal’s classic blues and folk interpretations. “Leaving Trunk,” “Six Days on the Road,” and “Dust My Broom” are electric and driving, while “Corrina” and “She Caught the Katy (and Left Me a Mule to Ride)” are acoustic and folky. From Mahal’s more obscure repertoire is the Chicago-sounding “Checkin’ Up on My Baby” which pays tribute to the Windy City blues but also has the immediacy that he is almost always able to conjure up. A live, solo rendition of “Bound to Love Me Some” evokes...
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Multi-instrumentalist and singer Taj Mahal’s career spans more than 40 years, making a compilation a real challenge. But this focused set doesn’t even try to catch every hue and nuance of his career. Instead the CD is a concentration of Mahal’s classic blues and folk interpretations. “Leaving Trunk,” “Six Days on the Road,” and “Dust My Broom” are electric and driving, while “Corrina” and “She Caught the Katy (and Left Me a Mule to Ride)” are acoustic and folky. From Mahal’s more obscure repertoire is the Chicago-sounding “Checkin’ Up on My Baby” which pays tribute to the Windy City blues but also has the immediacy that he is almost always able to conjure up. A live, solo rendition of “Bound to Love Me Some” evokes the '60s performances of John Lee Hooker, Mississippi John Hurt, and a host of other blues men at the Café a Go-Go. This was the first time many New Yorkers had heard these performers live, and the sounds moved through the air with the power of a blues baptism.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When the Ken Burns' documentary series Jazz premiered on PBS in 2001, a series of artist compilations were released using the series as a brand name, and they sold quite well. So, with Martin Scorsese overseeing a series of films for PBS with the overall name The Blues in 2003, much the same sort of campaign was launched, and this 15-track compilation of Taj Mahal's work from the late '60s to the mid-'70s was part of it. There's nothing wrong with the material, drawn largely from albums such as Taj Mahal, The Natch'l Blues, and Giant Steps/De Ole Folks at Home. But it had only been three years since Columbia/Legacy released the 17-track The Best of Taj Mahal, which shares many of the same tracks, and that album was still in print when this one was released. If viewers, inspired by watching television, were inspired to buy a Taj Mahal album and picked this one up because of the tie-in, they would get a good selection of the highlights of his early work. But as an addition to his existing catalog, this release was essentially redundant.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998908024
  • Catalog Number: 89080

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Taj Mahal Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Flute, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Fife, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Kazoo, Vocals, Human Whistle, Penny Whistle, Slide Guitar
Al Kooper Piano
Andy Narell Steel Drums
Bob Stewart Tuba, Flugelhorn
Howard Johnson Tuba, Baritone Saxophone
Jesse Ed Davis Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar
Sir Harry Bowens Background Vocals
Tony Braunagel Percussion, Drums, Tambourine
Jon Cleary Piano, Wurlitzer
David Coleman Guitar
Rudy Costa Wind
Joseph Daley Trombone, Tuba
Kwasi "Rocky" Dzidzornu Percussion, Conga, Bells
Yvonne Fimbres Vocals
Ray Fitzpatrick Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Bismark Franco Percussion
Carole Fredericks Vocals
Gary Gilmore Bass
Joni Haastrup Vocals
Sanford Konikoff Drums
Inshirah Mahal Vocals
Larry McDonald Percussion, Keyboards
Earl McIntyre Trombone, Tuba, Bass Trombone
Rashaida Nirobe Vocals
Earl Palmer Drums
Mona Ram Vocals
Billy Rich Bass
Johnny Lee Schell Guitar
Kester Smith Percussion
Donna Taylor Background Vocals
James "Son" Thomas Bass
Mick Weaver Hammond Organ
Hoshal Wright Guitar, Electric Guitar
Terrence Forsythe Background Vocals
Larry Fulcher Bass
Technical Credits
Sleepy John Estes Composer
John Lee Hooker Composer
Mississippi John Hurt Contributor
Blind Willie McTell Composer
Taj Mahal Arranger, Composer, Producer, Adaptation
Dave Dudley Composer
Elizabeth Cotten Composer
Jesse Ed Davis Composer
Steven Berkowitz Producer
Homer Banks Composer
Bernard Besman Composer
Ulrich Felsburg Executive Producer
Billy Gibbons Composer
Paul Grupp Producer
Robert Johnson Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
John Porter Producer
Yank Rachell Composer
David Rubinson Producer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
David Ritz Liner Notes
Deanie Parker Composer
H. "Hank" Thomas Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Baron Wolman Cover Photo, Tray Photo
Martin Scorsese Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Ed Young Composer
Margaret Bodde Producer
RatDog Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Lonnie Young Composer
Traditional Composer
Adam Owett Art Direction
Fong Y. Lee Packaging Manager
Carl Montgomery Composer
Earl Green Composer
Richard Hutton Producer
Ellen Nygaard Icon
Jody Patton Executive Producer
B.W. Johnson Composer
Jeff Jones Executive Producer
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