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Taj Mahal’s 1968 debut was a revelation, blending blues with rock, funk and soul. On most of the album, he’s covering tunes by legends like Robert Johnson and Sonny Boy Williamson. But while he does an incredible job of laying down some tough Chicago-style tracks, he also sneaks in some inspired modernisations, such as adding a Stax-like soul stomp to Sleepy John Estes’ “Everybody’s Got to Change Sometime” or putting some fierce funk inflections into another Estes tune, “Milk Cow Blues” (here renamed “Leaving Trunk”).


Born: 17 May 1942 in New York, NY

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most prominent figures in late 20th century blues, singer/multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal played an enormous role in revitalizing and preserving traditional acoustic blues. Not content to stay within that realm, Mahal soon broadened his approach, taking a musicologist's interest in a multitude of folk and roots music from around the world -- reggae and other Caribbean folk, jazz, gospel, R&B, zydeco, various West African styles, Latin, even Hawaiian. The African-derived heritage of most...
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