taJ Mahal & Keb Mo
Tajmo Concord Records ✪✪✪✪✪
Take two generations of blues legends, record 11 tracks and watch the music fly! With covers and originals, cameos from Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh and a killer band, Tajmo is a fine album. Opener Don’t Leave Me Here is a steady groover, with great vocals, tasty guitar bursts and harmonica licks. Four-on-thefloor stomper, All Around The World uplifts with a gospel backing and spirited playing. The soulful Om Sweet Om has more cool harp licks while foot-tapper Shake Me In Your Arms glistens with Strat fills and rhythms. The slides and acoustics come out on That’s Who I Am, and stay for the stripped-back interplay between the two players on Diving Duck Blues. Finishing with John Mayer’s Waiting On The World To Change, Bonnie Raitt joins on vocals to great effect. Blues or non-blues fans, this is a rich, well produced and rewarding album.