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Albums Of The Week: Taj Mahal | Swinging’ Live at The Church in Tulsa

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “With his latest release, Swingin’ Live At The Church in Tulsa, Taj Mahal adds to his legendary legacy with an extraordinary set recorded at the studio best known as the home base of the late, great Leon Russell.

The 10 songs reach across multiple genres that he has explored in his incomparable career, and feature his long-time quartet — bassist Bill Rich, drummer Kester Smith and guitarist / Hawaiian lap steel player Bobby Ingano — augmented by dobro player Rob Ickes and guitarist and vocalist Trey Hensley.

In a career spanning seven decades and almost 50 albums, Mahal has not only helped popularize and reshape the scope of the blues, but he has also personified the concept of World Music since years before the phrase even existed. From a base of traditional country blues, Taj has explored and incorporated reggae, Latin, R&B, Cajun, Caribbean, gospel, West African, jazz, calypso, Hawaiian slack-key, and countless other musical styles into his astonishing body of work.”