Maestro Now in his fifth decade as a one-man musical melting pot, Taj Mahal continues to resist the constraints of genre. And so the reggae rhythms… Maestro Now in his fifth decade as a one-man musical melting pot, Taj Mahal continues to resist the constraints of genre. And so the reggae rhythms… 2008-09-30 Taj Mahal Blues World
Music Review

Maestro (2008)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 30, 2008; Lead Performance: Taj Mahal; Genres: Blues, World

Now in his fifth decade as a one-man musical melting pot, Taj Mahal continues to resist the constraints of genre. And so the reggae rhythms of ''Never Let You Go'' (a duet with daughter Deva) are provided by ukulele, trombone, and Latin workhorses Los Lobos, while the lilting African ballad ''Zanzibar'' features the Malian kora player Toumani Diabate and vocals by Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo. What's constant on Maestro is Taj's 66-year-old voice — itself something of a tourist, not just in the way it tries on different accents and languages, but in the way it charmingly travels around pitches before it lands on a note. B+
Download This: Listen to ''Zanzibar'' and the rest of Maestro on tajblues.com

Originally posted Sep 23, 2008 Published in issue #1014 Oct 03, 2008 Order article reprints
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