Taj Mahal Trio
Kansas City, Missouri
September 7, 2007
It was a cool September evening as blues legend Taj Mahal took The Crossroads stage in downtown Kansas City. Despite the chill in the air, Taj brought the heat. The moment his signature dirty vocals left the PA it instantly grabed your attention and demanded the respect of a true blues man.
There is no mistaking that the audience was in the presence of a rare talent. His classic "Fishin’ Blues" implored "Many fish bites if ya’ got good bait" and th the help of Bill Rich on bass and Kester Smith’s rhythms on the drums, Taj certainly know how to set the hook. They grabbed the ear of the small but enthusiastic crowd and kept them grooving on the end of the line for the whole set.
Taj however is much more than a skilled metaphorical fisherman; his music effortlessly spans genres and languages. He performed blues classics in French with ease, such as "Blues With a Feeling," where he laid down the groove on the keys.
Breaking out his signature Hawaiian sound, his songs instantly brought the crowd to a warm beach with the waves gently lapping the sand despite being thousands of miles from the nearest ocean.
Finally he closed the evening with his classic 5 string version of "m’Banjo" and a ripping "Lovin’ in My Baby’s Eyes" with all the style he is justly famous for.