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Taj Mahal: Playing The Cosmic Blues

Max Bell, Vox, December 1991

BACK IN THE '60S when he was fronting the Rising Sons with Ry Cooder, they used to call Taj Mahal a cosmic intellectual blues player. As he enters his fourth decade it is increasingly apparent that they haven't invented a handy shorthand tag yet to do Mahal — born Henry Fredericks, in Springfield, Massachusetts, 1947 — adequate justice.

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