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For Otis Taylor's new release, Mato Nanji from Indigenous, joins him on six of the tracks. In addition to adding his dynamic guitar playing to the songs, Nanji joins in on vocals a first for Otis Taylor albums. My World Is Gone features Taylor's trance-like reflections on subjects of social injustice, including the early injustices of the Native-American plight.

1. My World Is Gone
2. Lost My Horse
3. Huckleberry Blues
4. Sand Creek Massacre Mourning
5. The Wind Comes In
6. Blue Rain In Africa
7. Never Been To The Reservation
8. Girl Friend s House
9. Jae Jae Waltz
10. Gangster And Iztatoz Chauffeur
11. Coming With Crosses
12. Green Apples
13. Sit Across Your Table

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 12, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00A8ZZ4JY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By To The Max"Bax" on February 12, 2013
Format: Audio CD
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"The central theme of My World Is Gone was fueled by Taylor's friend Mato Nanji, the singer-guitarist and cornerstone of the band Indigenous. Acoustic Sessions "Mato inspired the entire direction of this album," Taylor relates. "We were talking about history backstage at a Jimi Hendrix tribute concert that Mato had just played, and, in reference to his people, the Native American Nakota Nation, he said `My world is gone.' The simplicity and honesty of those four words was so heavy, I knew what I had to write about."

Another struggle, another cause, the "Native American Indian", fuel for the lyric machine that is Otis Taylor. "Taylor conveys his stories in intimate detail and uses his rich baritone voice to give his characters breath and humanity." This is a more laid back outing this time round as compared to his latest releases, but as usual steeped in the melancholy blues.

"Nanji is very active on the CD, playing guitar on six tracks and sharing vocals on several songs, including the title track. The sadness and depth of emotion on the track sets this theme for the whole recording."

Overall, this offering as I previously mentioned is completely different, it captures the listener, drawing you into the plight of the native American Indian. It has important messages to impart. The lyrics deliver this message with poetry, angst, and top shelf vocals and musicianship. This is roots music at its finest taking the modern plight of native Americans and mirroring it with concurring themes from past African and southern strife.

I especially enjoy Nanji's vocals and guitars on the title track "My World Is Gone".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Kesler on February 20, 2013
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I’ve had countless discussions with other blues’ fans, with nearly everyone regretting that they weren’t there when the sensuous strummings, phrasing, and attitudes first made their mark on the musical map. Yet these same people seem to have their feet so firmly rooted in the past that they are unable, or perhaps unwilling, to see what’s happening now, and are missing one of today’s truly great artists. Now mind you, I’m not talking about white-man’s blues, or even contemporary black man’s-blues, which to be honest, are relatively the same, a learned fashion that’s been repeated over and over again so often that it stands light years from what English visionary artists such as John Mayall were doing, and is even further removed from what was being laid down in the 40’s and 50’s, nearly becoming a parody of itself.

Otis Taylor, especially here on My World Is Gone, has taken probably the first significant step in embracing and bringing blues up to date [and this is not his first release], allowing blues to be as interesting and compelling as it was when I first heard it during the mid 60's. His songs are remarkably simple in many aspects, visionary and complex in others, while being as true to life and honest as the blues was when the great legends first captured my ears. Otis Taylor is deeply rooted in several blues' traditions, whether he's playing guitar, banjo, or mandolin, it's simply impossible not to be raptured under his dark enchanting influence. Mr. Taylor’s music manages to conjure a simmering blues’ atmosphere, one filled with what I can only refer to as trance blues ...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Dilger on February 17, 2013
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One of the best Blues-CD of the last Years. Otis Taylor was and is one of the best modern Blues-Singer: full of music-Feeling, full of actuality critical words and....with excellent musicians.
Best buy !
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By b-troweling on February 17, 2013
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Otis Taylor's new album is worth a listen as one of the better blues albums (and styles) of today's music scene. Taylor's trance blues style, accompanied by evocative stories in the verses themselves, mark him as a musical innovator. What makes this album unique in his overall trajectory is the collaboration with Mato Nanji, frontman of the band Indigenous. The pairing makes tremendous musical and topical sense, with Nanji's guitar work and vocals providing good texture and mood to the frequent stories on this album of Native American historical experiences. I was happy to discover Taylor a few years ago and to then quickly accumulate all of his albums, and I eagerly awaited the release of this new one. Well worth the wait and the money paid.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zenrox33 on April 20, 2013
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Genius, Mr. Trance Blues, worth years of repeat listening, all of his music is GENIUS. Get as much of his music as possible! he will take deep inside your true dear self.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blues411 on April 2, 2013
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Always expanding the borders and our expectations of what modern blues music can be, Otis Taylor has given us a thoughtful and dynamic release with "My World Is Gone" featuring Mato Nanji.

Starting with the title track we have a soft but driven track that features Mato Nanji on some beautiful lead guitar while sharing lead vocals with Mr. Taylor. It is a story of how the Native Americans world has vanished and may very well never return. Beautiful fiddle work by Ms. Anne Harris creates a wind like lightness to this track and in doing so she allows the other artists use her sound to attach their individual contributions to the base she has constructed making for a wonderful feel and ride.

"Lost My Horse" is a throbbing bass driven depiction of a Navajo man who loses his horse due to over consumption of alcohol. The bass is provided by Mr. Todd Edmunds, and the drumming of Mr. Larry Thompson accentuates that pulsing bottom end, as Mr. Nanji displays some fiery guitar work in a very familiar pattern that Mr. Taylor's fans will recognize.

Mr. Taylor has been a proponent in reclaiming the banjo as an African instrument, and this release provides a solid ground for it's greater acceptance in the blues world as well. "The Wind Comes In" is a tightly constructed amalgam of an older style banjo tune with Mr. Taylor's' iconic `trance blues' music. It has created an interesting juxtaposition between the ultra-modern ripping guitar work against the softer old world sound of the banjo and they compliment each other very well. This is true blues for the twenty-first century and beyond.

Speaking of blues into the future, I must visit the track "Huckleberry Blues".
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