TAJ MAHAL, MAESTRO

It's a trusted gimmick—pairing a legend with some radio-friendly younger talent—and the bluesman had the sense to recruit more quality collaborators (Los Lobos, Ben Harper) than not (Jack Johnson). Too bad none of the powwows live up to the master's solo work.

Taj Mahal, Maestro [Heads Up International]

Our rating: 3 out of a possible 5

It's a trusted gimmick—pairing a legend with some radio-friendly younger talent—and the bluesman had the sense to recruit more quality collaborators (Los Lobos, Ben Harper) than not (Jack Johnson). Too bad none of the powwows live up to the master's solo work. Matt Hendrickson

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