- Released: June 20, 2000
- Label: Hannibal
Uncut - 8/00, p.983 stars out of 5
- "...Over the years...[he] has become a great showman without compromising his rootsier qualities. SHOUTING IN KEY is a fine example of how he effortlessly combines the two approaches..."
CMJ - 6/5/00, p.25
"...Genuine, hot-blooded blues and R&B....[they] serve up an energetic set....If you haven't sought out Mahal's music, this is one of the best places to start."
Down Beat - 9/00, p.644 stars out of 5
- "...Offers an overview of the singer's omnivorous musical appetite....Taj remains the jazziest of blues singers..."
- 1.Honky Tonk
- 2.EZ Rider
- 3.Ain't That a Lot of Love
- 4.Ev'ry Wind
- 5.Stranger in My Own Home Town
- 6.Woulda Could Shoulda
- 7.Leaving Trunk
- 8.Rain from the Sky
- 9.Mailbox Blues
- 12.The Hoochi Coochi Coo
- 13.Sentidos Dulce (Sweet Feelings)
& The Phantom Blues Band.
Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band: Taj Mahal (guitar, dobro, harmonica, percussion); Denny Freeman (guitar); Mick Weaver (piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Larry Fulcher (bass, background vocals); Tony Braunagel (drums, percussion).
The Texicali Horns: Joe Sublett (soprano & tenor saxophones); Darrell Leonard (trumpet, flugelhorn, trombonium).
Recorded at The Mint, Los Angeles, California on November 9, 10 & 11, 1998.
SHOUTIN' IN KEY: LIVE won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
Personnel: Taj Mahal (guitar, dobro, harmonica, percussion); Denny Freeman (guitar); Mick Weaver (piano); Tony Braunagel (drums, background vocals); Larry Fulcher (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Jim Danis.
Liner Note Authors: Phantom Blues Band; Taj Mahal.
Recording information: The Mint, Los Angeles, CA (11/09/1998-11/11/1998).
Photographer: Edward Colver.
A rock solid performer with a deep bag of material and genres to draw from, Taj Mahal is a first-rate musician who delivers live as well as he does in the studio. On this set recorded at The Mint in Los Angeles during a set of dates in November 1998, Mahal pulls together a back-up band of crack musicians whose resumes include stints playing behind legends Otis Rush, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy. For this set, Taj's selections run the gamut from a punchy reading of Sam & Dave's "Ain't That a Lot of Love" to an easy-going version of the classic Bill Dogget instrumental "Honky Tonk." Other artists benefiting from the attention of this itinerant bluesman are reggae legend Delroy Wilson ("Rain from the Sky"), musical godfather Sleepy John Estes ("Leavin' Trunk"), and masterful songwriter Percy Mayfield ("Stranger in My Own Home Town").
In addition to standing up fine alongside these covers, Mahal's own material also covers broad stylistic ground. Among the highlights are the loping harp-laden "Mail Box Blues," country-blues of "Corrina" and bossa nova flavored instrumental "Sentidos Dulce."