MUSIC — TajMo

July 31, 2017

If you’re going to Mississippi / Where that Delta sky is sweet & clear…Travel not on the schedule, you could just listen to this long-awaited, exuberant collaboration between friends and blues greats, Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’.  Kevin Moore (Keb’) was a student when he first saw Henry Saint Clair Fredericks (Taj) performing at a high school assembly.  Between then and now, they accumulated 23 individual Grammy Award nominations, with five wins.

 

The co-written “Don’t Leave Me Here” is a showstopper, about longing for the magnolia state, lost love and oh, Southern cooking.  Boomer Revue would like a serving of the grits and greens, please.  Other great tracks: the inspirational “Om Sweet Om,” with vocals by jazz and gospel singer Lizz Wright; a joyous "All Around the World"; “That’s Who I Am,” accentuated by mandolin courtesy of Colin Linden; originally from 1929, "Diving Duck Blues”; a cover of John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change,” sung by two guys who sound like they’ve seen it all.

 

 

 

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