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Otis Taylor nails down a singular sound that remains more traditional than the funhouse antics of Tom Waits and far more out there than most artists who claim to play the blues. His "trance blues" takes on added meaning throughout My World Is Gone. The album's title speaks of Native Americans and the shameful treatment they've received on their own lands, expressed with a quote by Taylor's musical partner on nearly half these tunes, Mato Nanji of Indigenous. The desolation and hard times, however, are universal, and nothing's more brutal than the dustbowl feel of "The Wind Comes In." "Blue Rain in Africa" adds a Hammond B-3 and electric guitars for full-color intensity. Even brighter is Ron Miles' cornet, which leads "Huckleberry Blues," a funk vamp in the vein of Gil Scott-Heron. "Girl Friend's House" balances banjo and cornet, with Taylor's husky incantations that upon seeing his wife in bed with another woman, he'd like to join in. "Coming with Crosses" labors for six minutes to evoke a true horror.

Customer Reviews

Nice and tasty

Awh it is Mato it has to be good...

Otis and Mato = awesome

Saw Otis & Mato live last week... really really really great. Incredible live performers. If you ever have the opportunity to see Otis Taylor or Mato live, don't think twice. Go. This album itself is more than just a bunch of tunes. It's an album with a purpose and soul. Really enjoyable and nice mix of these 2 talents.


Born: 1948 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Blues

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

Bluesman Otis Taylor never skirted tough subject matter in a career that took him from the Folklore Center in Denver to a brief stay in London, England, to retirement from music in 1977, to being a successful antiques broker and, since 1995, back again to the blues. Taylor's 2001 CD White African (Northern Blues Music), featuring Kenny Passarelli (bass, keyboards) and Eddie Turner (lead guitar), became his most direct and personal statement about the experiences of African-Americans. He addressed...
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