In the Pocket: A Taste of Blues Harmonica

In the Pocket: A Taste of Blues Harmonica

     
 

It's nearly impossible to think of any traditional blues band without one of their members blowing on a harmonica. This collection of great mouth organ players begins with Ronnie Earl performing "Mighty Fine Boogie," a song living up to its name. James Cotton's harmonica begins to take a more prominent role as the song progresses, but it'sSee more details below

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It's nearly impossible to think of any traditional blues band without one of their members blowing on a harmonica. This collection of great mouth organ players begins with Ronnie Earl performing "Mighty Fine Boogie," a song living up to its name. James Cotton's harmonica begins to take a more prominent role as the song progresses, but it's only near the end that he begins to shine. Cotton also duels with Billy Branch during a rendition of Tommy Dorsey's "T.D.'s Boogie Woogie." "Knocking at Your Door" has a slower tempo to it, allowing for Matthew Skoller to showcase his talents. It works particularly well against John Primer's guitar solo. One of the stronger performances is Annie Raines during "Rock Me Baby," a track where she does a lot by simply doing less harmonica work. It resembles an early Rolling Stones cover of "Little Red Rooster" in some parts. One of the timeless qualities of any blues harmonica is the emotion it tends to emit despite its lack of size or amplification. "I'm a Steady Rollin' Man" demonstrates this perfectly as Carey Bell does a fine performance over Robert Lockwood Jr.'s vocals. Equally interesting is Kenny Neal performing "Bring It on Home," using his harmonica to accentuate the song while his guitar maintains a steady rhythm. Junior Wells has a style all of his own during the jazz and swing feeling during "The Goat." Taken from his Come on in This House album, it possesses one of the catchier and more infectious beats on the album. The last third of the album features more extended blues numbers, including Raful Neal's rendition of "Starlight Diamond." It's a song that has a deliberate and leisurely pace to it, but tends to drag near its ending. The earthy and gut-wrenching feeling coming from Snooky Pryor's voice and mouth organ during "Pony Blues" is hair-raising at some points, which is another shining moment. Ending the compilation is an "all star" assortment contributing to "Harp to Harp." Featuring James Cotton, Sugar Ray Norcia, Billy Branch, and Charlie Musselwhite, it is a proper finish despite having a rather lengthy and bland beginning to it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/23/2002
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408355622
catalogNumber:
83556
Rank:
232932

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Tracks

  1. Mighty Fine Boogie  - Kim Wilson
  2. Knocking at Your Door  - Matthew Skoller
  3. T.D.'s Boogie Woogie  - James Cotton
  4. Rock Me Baby  - Annie Raines
  5. Lightning  - James Cotton
  6. I'm a Steady Rollin' Man  - Carey Bell
  7. In Your Darkest Hour  - T-Bone Wolk
  8. Bring It on Home  - Per Hanson
  9. Muddy's Shuffle  -  Muddy Waters Tribute Band
  10. The Goat  - Corey Harris
  11. Starlight Diamond  - Raful Neal
  12. Fire Down Under the Hill  - James Cotton
  13. Pony Blues  - Annie Raines
  14. Harp to Harp  - Sugar Ray Norcia

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Branch   Harmonica
Ronnie Earl   Guitar
Lazy Lester   Harmonica
Larry McCray   Guitar
Charlie Musselwhite   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Kenny Neal   Guitar,Vocals
Raful Neal   Harmonica,Vocals
Eddie Shaw   Saxophone,Vocals
Hubert Sumlin   Vocals
Joe Louis Walker   Guitar,Vocals
Junior Wells   Harmonica,Vocals
Marty Stuart   Guitar,Mandolin
Kelly Willis   Vocals
Graham Parker   Guitar,Vocals
Robben Ford   Guitar
Brown   Bass
Mike Vernon   Percussion
Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson   Guitar
Robert Lockwood   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Rishell   Guitar,Vocals
John Primer   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Van Ronk   Guitar,Vocals
Sonny Landreth   Slide Guitar
Jerry Portnoy   Harmonica
Snooky Pryor   Harmonica,Vocals
Kim Wilson   Harmonica,Vocals
Tab Benoit   Acoustic Guitar
Steve James   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones   Bass,Guitar
Kid Bangham   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Carey Bell   Harmonica
Rod Carey   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Jon Cleary   Piano
Herman V. Ernest   Drums
Anthony Geraci   Piano
Per Hanson   Percussion,Drums
Levon Helm   Drums
Michael Jerome   Drums
David Maxwell   Piano
Steve McCray   Drums
Rico McFarland   Guitar
Sugar Ray Norcia   Harmonica
Darrell Nulisch   Vocals
Christine Ohlman   Vocals
Mark Rubin   Upright Bass
Ken Saydak   Organ,Piano
Matthew Skoller   Harmonica
G.E. Smith   Guitar
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith   Drums,Vocals
Doug Wainoris   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Corey Harris   Guitar,Vocals,national steel guitar
Annie Raines   Harmonica,Vocals
Dan McKinney   Organ,Piano
Peter Re   Organ
Dave Ferrara   Drums
Mudcat Ward   Acoustic Bass,Upright Bass
Bob Sunda   Acoustic Bass
Gregg Hoover   Guitar
T-Bone Wolk   Banjo,Bass,Mandolin
Colleen Sexton   Vocals
Bill Melcher   Bass
Jimmy Mouradian   Bass
Guy David   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Mark Murphy   Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Ronnie Earl   Producer
Buddy Guy   Contributor
Eddie Kirkland   Contributor
John Mooney   Contributor
Lucky Peterson   Contributor
Taj Mahal   Contributor
Koko Taylor   Contributor
Gregg Allman   Contributor
Eric Gales   Contributor
Robert Palmer   Contributor
Irma Thomas   Contributor
Peter Wolf   Contributor
Pinetop Smith   Composer
Mike Vernon   Producer
Pete Carlson   Engineer
Chris Andersen   Engineer
Bobby Arnold   Engineer
Chris Bauer   Engineer
Michael Bishop   Engineer
Tony Braunagel   Contributor
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown   Contributor
Keith Brown   Contributor
Tony Daigle   Engineer
John Ellison   Contributor
Joe Harley   Producer
Elmore James   Composer
Reggie McBride   Contributor
Muddy Waters   Composer
Jay Newland   Engineer
John Platania   Engineer
Chris Shepard   Engineer
John Snyder   Producer
Derek Trucks   Contributor
Carl Weathersby   Contributor
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Steve Drown   Engineer
Chris Rival   Engineer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Deborah Coleman   Contributor
Chris Thomas   Contributor
Dan McKinney   Engineer
Michael C. Ross   Engineer
Michael Bitterman   Engineer
Grace Falconer   Engineer
Randy Labbe   Producer
Susan Tedeschi   Contributor
John Wyman   Engineer
Jim Begley   Engineer
Norris Johnson   Contributor
Frank Moscowitz   Engineer
Rufus Neal   Composer
Carl Carlton   Contributor
Harry Gale   Engineer

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