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Nothing earth-shaking from Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo


Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo', Tajmo (Concord)

Sure, sure, sure. They wouldn't let Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' make a disc together without some visitors flocking to the studio to give their benediction to the project and lend their voices. So before this disc is over, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh, Sheila E., and Lizz Wright show up.

Raitt joins them for a version of John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change." That's Lizz Wright, absolutely gorgeous, on "Om Sweet Om." Would you believe a version of The Who's "Squeeze Box" before it's over?

Keb' Mo' (aka Kevin Moore) has often credited Taj Mahal with being a formative influence. He first saw him at a high school assembly and says of Mahal "He's a stellar human being, just a brilliant man. Making this record was a really big deal for me." Taj, on Keb' Mo' "He's a hell of a guitar player and I'm just amazed at some of the stuff he put out there."

There's nothing earth-shaking here, true. But there's nothing here that isn't impossible to dislike either.

3 stars (out of four)



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