Taj Mahal

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  1. Wally

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    The Flying Burrito Bros. thread had me listening to The Gilded Palace again today. I glanced over to the right and saw this 1968 Taj Mahal album. I am a big Taj Mahal fan....I like everything I have ever heard him do from the time I saw him in a Pacific Grove Junior High School Auditorium in 1971 while I was studying Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterrey. This is one bad album here if you like some blues oriented guitar playing. Not only is Taj Mahal playing but....Ry Cooder, Bill Boatman and Jessie Ed Davis.
     
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    I met Taj in 1998 and have never been the same.

    He's like an aquifer.
     
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    If you want to take a drive he's playing in New Orleans this weekend at the Blues & BBQ festival. Free entry.

    https://www.jazzandheritage.org/blues-fest
     
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    I got to see him a bunch at the Fillmore West with Jesse Ed Davis and all back in the late '60's. I've met him twice. He walked into a restaurant where I was setting up for a New Years Eve gig. After he ordered, he came over and started talking to us. We couldn't convince him to stick around and jam with us, but he was good company while he was there.
     
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    He is criminally underated. Love his stuff.
     
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    The only time I've seen Taj is when played string bass with the Great American Music band.

    The Great American Music Band (* see footnote on group name) started at a show at the Great American Music Hall with David Grisman, Richard Greene and Vassar Clements probably in early 1974. From that point onward Grisman and Greene performed a number of times using the name playing primarily instrumental music and providing a vehicle for David Grisman's compositions. Initially the group line-up, with the exception of Grisman and Greene, depended on who was available for any given show. During this period Jerry Garcia played with the group for a number of shows between April and June 1974. David Nichtern, Taj Mahal and Buell Neidlinger also played with the group during these months.

     
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    Taj's early albums are among my favorites (also one of by favorite blues bands along with Butterfield's better days). But I love all of Taj's albums.
     
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    One of my favorite albums right there...
     
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    Great stuff that really brings back memories!
     
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    Jessie Ed kills it man. Taj is great, no doubt. A treasure.
     
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    Thanks, Wally. I hadn't seen this remastered version, and the sound is way better than what I've got.

    I struggle to think of anyone better than Jessie Ed Davis at squeezing soul out of simple guitar lines.
     
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  12. Wally

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    When I saw Taj Mahal that night in Pacific Grove, I knew nothing about him. I was from Littlefield, TX...home of Waylon Jennings....out in the middle of somewhere close to nowhere,right? I was totally. Engaged by his music. It was one of those uplifting moments.
     
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    98G?
     
  14. Wally

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    What is the question?
     
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    Listened to that whole album. Nice way to start the day. Thanks Wally.
     
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    Oh yeah.........!!!!
     
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    While visiting during the New Orleans Jazzfest, in 2002, I caught him doing a free gig at a local highschool... guaranteed, most of these kids never heard of him, but within a few songs, he literally had them eating out of his hand! The call & response repore he quickly developed, was a sight to behold...I'm talking about their immediate verbal reaction to his lyrical double-entendres & the like...only in the deep, American South, it's a spiritually, genetic thing.
     
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  18. Wally

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    I am gonna put this old Taj Mahal album on again this morning while I get a few things ready to roll through the show in Arlington tomorrow.
     
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    Nothin' there not to like Wally. The man is a blues legend as far as I'm concerned.
     
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    Here's an old country song the Taj Mahal tears up!!! I have 'Giant Steps/De Ole Folks at Home' on German vinyl, too.....this song is on Giant Steps.

     
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