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Taj Mahal (from the album Savoy
Taj Mahal (from the album Savoy available on Stony Plain Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
Taj Mahal is an American treasure. The embodiment of American music, he’s knocked out Blues, Rock, subtle Roots-Country, and Jazz, often combining them to a fusion that’s solely the music of Taj Mahal. On his latest, Savoy, he’s taking on musical American treasures while honoring the Savoy Ballroom; it’s a load of the classic and the familiar via a package of standard Jazz, a history lesson of the hip and cool.
Savoy is also a sound sample of what Taj Mahal was listening to as a kid, as in the opener “Stompin’ at the Savoy”, he offers a gravelly voiced but humble narrative, admitting he ‘grew up listening to all this hip and cool music’ that was coming out of Harlem.
That feeling only goes deeper.
“Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You” is a slow burner, “Summer Time”, with its laid-back horns, is a groovy lounge number: those horns, and lounge-groove, carrying over to “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby”. There’s a fiddle that gives “Sweet Georgia Brown” country swing, “Caldonia” is Jump Blues, and he nails a holiday duet with Maria Muldaur doing “Baby Its Cold Outside”.
The closer in “One for My Baby (And One More For The Road” is a moody and slow, a perfect cut to send the listener on down the road. Taj Mahal, once again, proves he’s one of the coolest cats in any genre of any decade, leading a kick-ass Jazz band in the catch-all genre of Roots music. (by Bryant Liggett)
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