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In the Pocket: A Taste of Blues Harmonica

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All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
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...
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All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
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: 7/23/2002
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408355622
  • Catalog Number: 83556
  • Sales rank: 203,031

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mighty Fine Boogie - Kim Wilson (3:44)
  2. 2 Knocking at Your Door - Matthew Skoller (3:56)
  3. 3 T.D.'s Boogie Woogie - James Cotton (4:38)
  4. 4 Rock Me Baby - Annie Raines (3:32)
  5. 5 Lightning - James Cotton (3:52)
  6. 6 I'm a Steady Rollin' Man - Carey Bell (3:19)
  7. 7 In Your Darkest Hour - T-Bone Wolk (4:31)
  8. 8 Bring It on Home - Per Hanson (3:08)
  9. 9 Muddy's Shuffle - Muddy Waters Tribute Band (2:19)
  10. 10 The Goat - Corey Harris (3:47)
  11. 11 Starlight Diamond - Raful Neal (7:24)
  12. 12 Fire Down Under the Hill - James Cotton (10:36)
  13. 13 Pony Blues - Annie Raines (4:57)
  14. 14 Harp to Harp - Sugar Ray Norcia (11:35)
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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
Al Brown Bass
Mike Vernon Percussion
Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson Guitar
Robert Lockwood Jr. 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, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Carey Bell Harmonica
Rod Carey Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Jon Cleary Piano
Herman V. Ernest III 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 King Contributor
Harry Gale Engineer
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
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