TAJ MAHAL AND KEB' MO' - TAJMO

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Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ (from the album Tajmo on Concord Records)

The Harmonic Convergence of 1987 celebrated a worldwide meditation, the date and time coinciding with Mayan calendar predictions as well as astrological traditions from both Asian and European cultures. Thirty years later, the meaning of the phrase simplifies with the sounds of Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ as they come together to give an audio understanding of a harmonic convergence with the release of their co-billed album, Tajmo. Recorded over two and half years in the home studio of Keb’ Mo’, Tajmo is a collaboration of true believers that Blues legend Taj Mahal envisions as ‘we wanted to do a real good record together, but we didn’t want to do the record everyone expected us to do. There wasn’t a bunch of cryin’ and ringin’ hands, we just got together and it came pretty naturally. I think it’s a pretty upbeat, celebratory record, and it couldn’t have come at a better time’.

Musical friends stop in on the recording with Shelia E and Lizz Wright making appearances on Tajmo. Bonnie Raitt, who adds vocal to the Taj Mahal/Keb’ Mo’ cover of the John Mayer tune, “Waiting on the World to Change” and Joe Walsh comes out to play among the good-natured lead guitar riffs that gather on “Shake Me in Your Arms Tonight”. Tajmo is a party of the spirit as the album adds horns and harmony for the joyous “All Around the World”, merges African and Caribbean beats into a world-spanning romp with “Soul”, and makes a medley of traditional Blues choruses for “Diving Duck Blues” as Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ spin a trance with sweet love and percolating rhythms in “She Knows How to Rock Me”. The album opens on a powerful groove as a blues thumb tries to hitch a ride from the cold Chicago winds to find warmth in Delta breezes under a Mississippi sun in “Don’t Leave Me Here”. Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ offer the Blues as smooth and sexy on Tajmo declaring “That’s Who I Am” as a resume that dot’s the I’s with sparkling guitar picking, bring messages from the sky to benefit from the peace of celestial smiles in “Om Sweet Om”, and rattle percussion to back a cover of The Who’s “Squeeze Box”. 

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