Alone With the Blues

Alone With the Blues

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by Paul Oscher
     
 

Paul Oscher is an alumnus of the Muddy Waters band, where he played harmonica in the late '60s, and developed his talent on guitar from watching Muddy himself, and his piano style from the late Otis Spann. This fourth solo outing is a mishmash of sessions -- one of which, his take on "That's Alright," was recorded on cassette in a Brooklyn…  See more details below

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Paul Oscher is an alumnus of the Muddy Waters band, where he played harmonica in the late '60s, and developed his talent on guitar from watching Muddy himself, and his piano style from the late Otis Spann. This fourth solo outing is a mishmash of sessions -- one of which, his take on "That's Alright," was recorded on cassette in a Brooklyn boarding house. But it hangs together surprisingly well, since Oscher is very much an old-school bluesman. He can delve into the past for obscurities, such as his cover of Big Joe Turner's "Juke Joint," and juggle a variety of different harmonicas on the title cut for a wonderful effect that demonstrates -- in an understated way -- his virtuosity. But he can also create a great atmosphere on accordion, and proves it on "Louis Collins," while "Blues Before Sunrise" shows that he learned very well how to play piano, its dark colors showing in the aching vocal and stark fingerwork. Nor does he ignore the guitar, giving "Anna Lee" a raw slide workout that's packed with passion. Whatever he does, it seems, Oscher is a master, and this is blues well worth hearing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2004
Label:
Electro-Fi Records
UPC:
0775020547421
catalogNumber:
3384

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Oscher   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Melodica,Chromatic Harmonica,Bass Harmonica
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones   Bass,Bass Guitar
David Maxwell   Piano
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith   Drums
Cam Robb   Drums
Kurt Strange   Guitar

Technical Credits

Leroy Carr   Composer
Mississippi John Hurt   Composer
Big Joe Turner   Composer
Paul Oscher   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jackie Brenston   Composer
Jimmy Vivino   Producer
James A. Lane   Composer
Robert McCullum   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Alec Fraser   Engineer
Sandra B. Tooze   Producer
Andrew Galloway   Producer,Liner Notes
Richard Carpenter   Composer

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great deep blues cd. All kinds of blues stuff, slide guitar, melodica, harmonica, piano, accordion all played by Paul Oscher. Oscher used to play with Muddy and Spann, no wonder he gets so lowdown in the alley. Good vocals and original songs
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw Paul Oscher play harmonica with Muddy Waters at the Gaslite cafe in New York's Greenwich Village, back in 1971. I remember the crowd going wild after every solo. He had a tone so deep, we went back two nights in a row. Last night, I was reading Living Blues magazine and there it was - an ad for "Alone With The Blues" by Paul Oscher on Electro-Fi. I quickly ordered the cd ... and what a joy it is. Opening up with "Walkin'", a mid-tempo instrumental, the chromatic haromica sounds like a complete horn section. The vocals have a beautiful, down home feel. You don't get the overblowing of notes and histrionic vocals of many of his contemporaries. Oscher leaves space, going for the "less is more" approach. Dig the lonesome sound of "Standing At The Crossroads". At times, "Alone With The Blues" sounds as if he's backed by a full band. But it's only Mr. Oscher, alone, with echoes of Big Walter, Cotton - intertwined with his own original style. Pay attention to the standout slide-and-vocal on "Blues and Trouble" that is just riveting. Paul Oscher is a multi-instrumentalist who brings a gut-bucket-in-the-alley sound to every song on this CD. Harp players will find so many different positions utilizied by Oscher - and won't be disappointed. So get this CD, turn down the lights, and dig: because this is THE REAL DEAL.