Stony Plain Records announced the release of Taj Mahal’s new album, “Savoy.” The release date is April 28, 2023.
With “Savoy,” Taj takes a new direction in his musical journey, exploring a collection of blues oriented classic material with his good friend, record producer John Simon. Recording Savoy is the realization of a musical collaboration they had been discussing for decades, finally locking in the studio time in Oakland, California to make it happen in August 2022.
The album is a loving throwback to the sounds of the swing jazz big band era, with guest vocals by Maria Muldaur on “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and Evan Price’s violin on two tracks. The album covers 14 standards composed by Duke Ellington, Louis Jordan, George Gershwin and Louis Armstrong, brought to life by the unique voice and character of Taj Mahal.
Taj explains, “I heard [the songs on Savoy] as a kid when all of those people who made those musics were alive and speaking to us through the records. Those weren’t just records to collect. Those were like listening to your relatives, your uncles, your cousins, your grandparents speaking to you through that medium, the medium of music.”
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