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Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Taj Mahal

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Album Review

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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Classic Contemporary Blues

This is contemporary blues at it best.

kinda kool

i listened to it for the first time and im suprised its not that bad

Massachusetts blues master?

Springfield native son getting it done!

Biography

Born: May 17, 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...
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Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Taj Mahal, Taj Mahal
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Contemporary Blues, Acoustic Blues, Electric Blues
  • Released: Apr 23, 2003

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