Taj Mahal Trio
Grammy Award winning Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music. He has done much to reshape the definition and scope of blues music over the course of his almost 50 year career by fusing it with sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and the South Pacific.
Over time he has incorporated more and more African roots music into his musical palette, embracing elements of reggae, calypso, jazz, zydeco, R & B, gospel, and country blues, each of which having "served as the foundation of his unique sound. Concerning his voice, author David Evans writes that Mahal has "an extraordinary voice that ranges from gruff and gritty to smooth and sultry."
From his early days in California with Ry Cooder to playing with Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Lightnin' Hopkins, Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones, to writing film scores for movies, Taj has been the student and the professor for roots music. There is no one quite like him. "Some people may think the blues are about wallowing in negativity and despair," he says. "But you can listen to my music from front to back, and you don't ever hear me moaning and crying about how bad you done treated me."