Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ TajMo
The cover of John and Yoko’s Two Virgins
features a Paul McCartney quote: “When two great saints meet, it is a humbling experience.” While — then as now — it’s difficult to receive that quote with a straight face, if applied elsewhere it can actually mean something. Case in point is TajMo
, the first collaborative effort from two giants in blues/roots music. Taj Mahal’s reputation is legendary; he explored world and roots music before those terms came into wide use. And while at 65 he’s a decade younger, Keb’ Mo’ is perhaps the prime current-day proponent of Delta blues. Together, the two guitarist-vocalists make a modern blues record that’s both an exemplar of mainstream accessibility and true to the blues aesthetic. TajMo
is that rarest of superstar team-ups: one that actually makes sense, sounds terrific and — best of all — showcases the strengths of both artists.
File next to:
B.B. King, Ry Cooder