Sonic Gems: Taj Mahal – The Nacht’l Blues

Born May 17, 1942, Henry Saint Clair Fredericks is an American Blues musician, singer-songwriter and film composer who uses the stage name Taj Mahal.  He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, piano, banjo, and harmonica among many instruments.  Throughout his career has incorporated Caribbean, African, and South Pacific sounds into his fusion of blues.

The Natch’l Blues was released in 1968 as his second album.  With this album it is clear that Taj Mahal is beginning to become a consummate story teller while incorporating a variety of sounds from Delta Blues to West Coast Rock.  This is an enjoyable and easy listen.  For this reason, Aloha Promises Forever rates this album as a seven out 10 for providing a telling taste of the long career ahead of Taj Mahal.    It is also notable for its keyboard work by Al Kooper.

You may listen to The Nacht’l Blues at:




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