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Taj Mahal has spent more than 40 years exploring the roots and branches of the blues. Grounded in the acoustic pre-war blues sound but drawn to the eclectic sounds of world music, he revitalized a dying tradition and prepared the way for a new generation of blues men and women. While many African Americans shunned older musical styles during the 1960s, Mahal immersed himself in the roots of his past. "I was interested in the music because I felt something [got] lost in that transition of blacks trying to assimilate into society." He had no intention of repeating what had come before, however, and drew deeply from the wells of the ethnic music of Africa, South America, and the Caribbean.



Label: Stony Plain Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Stompin' At The Savoy; I'm Just A Lucky So-And-So; Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You; Summertime; Mood Indigo; Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby; Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me; Sweet Georgia Brown; Taj Mahal/Maria Muldaur - Baby It's Cold Outside; Lady Be Good; Baby Won't You Please Come Home; Caldonia; Killer Joe; One For My Baby (And One More For The Road).


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Interview With Al Chesis Of The Delta Sonics

Read "Interview With Al Chesis Of The Delta Sonics" reviewed by Steven Roby

This episode features an interview with Al Chesis from The Delta Sonics. Chesis has played in Colorado since the mid-1980s after moving to Denver from Washington, D.C. He played in the Mojo-Matics for five years, opening shows for Albert Collins, Elvin Bishop, Taj Mahal, Canned Heat, and others.The Delta Sonics music takes a Chicago ...

Article: Under the Radar

Spirit: La famiglia scende in campo

Read "Spirit: La famiglia scende in campo" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Randy California, nato nel 1951 a Los Angeles come Randy Craig Wolfe, iniziò a suonare la chitarra giovanissimo, aiutato dalla madre, una musicista folk, che gli insegnò le prime posizioni sulla tastiera. La madre Bernice era sorella di Ed Pearl, proprietario del locale Ash Grove e il giovane Randy si ritrovò a vivere in prima persona ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Jazz Releases Plus Gregory Goodloe Interview

Read "New Jazz Releases Plus Gregory Goodloe Interview" reviewed by Steven Roby

Gregory Goodloe, who derives his influences from George Benson and Wes Montgomery, divides his time between the recording studio and the radio studio, where he presents his own show, Mile High Smooth Jazz, on World Wide Jazz Radio. Playlist Artemis “Lights Away From Home" from In Real Time (Blue Note Records) James Brandon Lewis ...


News: Event

Sol Roots Band Performs At Flat Iron Crossroads With Guest Bobby Blackhat

Sol Roots Band Performs At Flat Iron Crossroads With Guest Bobby Blackhat

Sol Roots Band brings a powerful blend of funk, jazz, blues, rock, and more to the Tidewater Virginia area on Saturday August 12. The Sol Roots band also will add special guest, blues personality Bobby BlackHat, for their upcoming performance at the Flat Iron Crossroads summer concert series. The Sol Roots band performs a blend of ...


Article: Album Review

Taj Mahal: Savoy

Read "Savoy" reviewed by Steve Yip

Folk/blues practitioner Taj Mahal's Savoy is to be savored. As one of the custodians of the blues, Mahal has long been a legend in his own time. This collection traverses a cultural-musical continuum in an indispensable residency in the annals of Black American music. The namesake of this album--the Savoy on Lenox Avenue in ...


Article: Album Review

Taj Mahal: Savoy

Read "Savoy" reviewed by Dave Linn

Savoy, from Taj Mahal, is the latest entrant in the crowded field of pop music artists trying their hand at the fertile songbook of old big-band, swing-era standards. Unlike most, Mahal's roots show he's well suited to the task. He was born in Harlem in 1942. He grew up in a musical family, and his parents ...


Article: Live Review

Paul Clarvis Trio At Magy's Farm

Read "Paul Clarvis Trio At Magy's Farm" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Paul Clarvis Trio Magy's Farm Dromara, N. Ireland February 19, 2023 The last gig of Paul Clarvis Trio's fifteen-date UK tour to promote its debut album Freight Train (Village Life, 2022) was likely its smallest and furthest removed from bright city lights. Magy's Farm, a rural venue with a capacity of ...


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