Thursday, December 10, 2009

Taj MAHAL - Dancing The Blues 1993

Taj MAHAL - Dancing The Blues 1993


Taj Mahal has always been a more inclusive, eclectic musician than even some admirers understand; his work was never simply or totally blues, even though that strain was at the center and seldom far from anything he performed either. That's the case with this newest collection, a 12-song set that includes splendid covers of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf tunes, but also equally respectful, striking renditions of soul standards such as "Mockingbird," with special guest Etta James, and "That's How Strong My Love Is." There are also strong Mahal originals like "Blues Ain't Nothin'" and "Strut," with Mahal singing and playing in his wry, delicate, yet forceful way.
By Ron Wynn, All Music Guide.
On this 1993 album produced by John Porter, Taj Mahal applies his revivalist instincts and remarkably pliable voice to the classic rhythm & blues styles of the 1940s through the '60s. The program ranges from T-Bone Walker ("Hard Way") and Howlin' Wolf ("Sitting on Top of the World") to Fats Domino ("I'm Ready"), Otis Redding ("That's How Strong My Love Is"), and the Four Tops ("I Can't Help Myself"). Etta James sings a duet on "Mockingbird," while guitarist Johnny Lee Schell, bassist Bob Glaub, keyboardist Bill Payne, and drummer Richie Hayward provide tight and supple studio backing.
By Rick Mitchell.
Etta James- Vocals
Taj Mahal-  Organ,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Guitar (Steel),Vocals
Ian McLagan- Organ
Ian McLagan (Piano),
Sir Harry Bowens (Vocals (Background)
Tony Braunagel- Percussion,Drums
Chuck Domanico-Bass
Bob Glaub- Bass
Marty Grebb- Alto, Baritone, Tenor Sax, Background Vocals
Richard Hayward- Drums
Darrell Leonard- Trombone, Trumpet,Trombonium
Joe McGrath- Percussion
Bill Payne- Piano
John Porter- Guitar
Michito Sanchez- Percussion,Conga
Johnny Lee Schell- Guitar ,Background Vocals
Joe Sublett- Soprano Sax, Tenor Sax
Texacali Horns- Horn
Mick Weaver- Organ
01. Blue's Ain't Nothin' 4:12
02. Hard Way 2:51
03. Strut 3:39
04. Going To The River 6:30
05. Mockingbird 3:54
06. Blue Light Boogie 4:03
07. The Hoochi Coochi Coo 2:54
08. That's How Strong My Love Is 3:07
09. Down Home Girl 3:40
10. Stranger In My Own Home Town 2:42
11. Sitting On The Top Of The World 3:28
12. I'm Ready 3:53
13. I Can't Help Myself (Sugarpie Honeybunch) 2:45

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