Ty Burr
July 30, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Like Ali Farka Toure’s last album, The River, The Source can prompt gasps from listeners: The minstrel from Mali’s hushed voice and bubbling electric and acoustic guitar make connections between American blues and African sources shiveringly clear. Returning the favor is Taj Mahal, who sits in on two cuts. A-

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