Corey Harris Mississippi to Mali (Rounder)
Like Otis Taylor, slide master Corey Harris is able to channel the raw emotion of the Delta blues. But Harris, unlike Taylor, has been known to approach the raw goods from a kaleidoscopic perspective, mixing in everything from New Orleans brass to hip-hop. His latest release, though, recorded in Mississippi and Mali and with a list of sidemen that includes Ali Farka Toure, Bobby Rush and others, attempts to trace the connection between African folk music and American blues. The results are so satisfying that you won't need to buy another blues CD until well into 2004.
Release date: out now