- Released: June 17, 1997
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
JazzTimes - 9/97, p.68
"Taj Mahal really digs deep and scores a direct hit with the rootsy SENOR BLUES....A national treasure still digging for roots after all these years."
Vibe - 8/97, p.151
"...Mahal refurbishes yet another room in the big house we call blues....Taj Mahal is working some serious 20th century hoodoo-man swing here..."
- 1.Queen Bee
- 3.Irresistible You
- 4.Having A Real Bad Day
- 5.Senor Blues
- 6.Sophisticated Mama
- 7.Oh Lord, Things Are Gettin' Crazy Up In Here
- 8.I Miss You Baby
- 9.You Rascal You
- 10.Mind Your Own Business
- 11.21st Century Gypsy Singing Lover Man
- 12.At Last (I Found A Love)
- 13.Mr. Pitiful
Personnel: Taj Mahal (vocals, harmonica, dobro, kazoo); Johnny Lee Schell (guitar); Jon Cleary (piano, Wurlitzer piano); Mick Weaver (Hammond B-3 organ); Larry Fulcher (bass); Tony Braunagel (drums, percussion, tambourine); Sir Harry Bowens, Donna Taylor, Terrence Forsythe (background vocals).
The Texacalli Horns: Darrell Leonard (trumpet, trombone, French Horn); Joe Sublett (tenor saxophone).
Recorded at Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, California.
SENOR BLUES won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
Adapters: Darrell Leonard; Joe Sublett; Taj Mahal.
Personnel: Taj Mahal (vocals, dobro, harmonica, kazoo); Johnny Lee Schell (guitar); Joe Sublett (tenor saxophone); Darrell Leonard (trumpet, French horn, trombone); The Texacali Horns (horns); Jon Cleary (piano, Wurlitzer organ); Tony Braunagel (drums, tambourine, percussion); Tony Fulcher, Terrence Forsythe, Sir Harry Bowens, Larry Fulcher, Donna Taylor (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Joe McGrath.
Recording information: Cherokee Studios, LA, CA; House Of Blues Studio-West, LA, CA; ocean way.
Photographers: James Minchin; Lester Cohen.
Arrangers: Darrell Leonard; Joe Sublett.
Se¤or Blues is one of Taj Mahal's best latter-day albums, a rollicking journey through classic blues styles performed with contemporary energy and flair. There's everything from country-blues to jazzy uptown blues on Se¤or Blues, and Taj hits all of areas in between, including R&B and soul. Stylistically, it's similar to most of his albums, but he's rarely been as effortlessly fun and infectious as he is here. ~ Thom Owens