TAJ MA­HAl & KeB’ MO’

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Ta­jmo CON­COrd 6/10 cross-gen­er­a­tional blues sum­mit, with guest slots from Bon­nie raitt, Joe Walsh and sheila e There’s only a nineyear age gap be­tween th­ese two blues­men, but it seems much big­ger – Taj Ma­hal is the sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian leg­end with the lived-in voice, while Kevin Moore still comes across as the lim­ber, youth­ful soul­man who just hap­pens to have blues chops. Joe Walsh ap­pears on a ver­sion of The Who’s “Squeeze Box”, while Lizz Wright and Bon­nie Raitt also guest, but the stand­out tracks re­ject slick stu­dio pol­ish. Pi­ano Red’s “She Knows How To Rock Me” gets a bot­tle­neck gui­tar treat­ment, while the an­cient Sleepy John Estes clas­sic “Div­ing Duck Blues” is turned into an el­e­gant rag­time swing duet for two acous­tic gui­tars.

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