This Is the Blues Harmonica

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
You don't have to be a bluesman to be known for your harmonica playing -- Stevie Wonder has taken his share of memorable harmonica solos, and the distinctive Toots Thielemans who is arguably the Stan Getz of the harmonica has demonstrated that a harmonica player can handle the most sophisticated of jazz. That said, no musical idiom has given listeners more first-class harmonica players than the blues. From the Mississippi Delta and the bayous of Louisiana to Chicago's South Side, the harmonica has long been the blues' most famous wind instrument. Spanning 1950-1999, This Is the Blues Harmonica gives listeners an appealing taste of some of the harmonica soloists many of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
You don't have to be a bluesman to be known for your harmonica playing -- Stevie Wonder has taken his share of memorable harmonica solos, and the distinctive Toots Thielemans who is arguably the Stan Getz of the harmonica has demonstrated that a harmonica player can handle the most sophisticated of jazz. That said, no musical idiom has given listeners more first-class harmonica players than the blues. From the Mississippi Delta and the bayous of Louisiana to Chicago's South Side, the harmonica has long been the blues' most famous wind instrument. Spanning 1950-1999, This Is the Blues Harmonica gives listeners an appealing taste of some of the harmonica soloists many of them singers to whom Delmark has had access over the years. At its best, this compilation is excellent -- and at its worst, it is at least decent. It's quite appropriate that the CD opens with Little Walter's 1950 recording "Red Headed Woman," for the singer's harmonica solos had a major impact on many Chicago bluesmen of the 1950s and 1960s. This collection tends to favor Chicago-based harmonica players, who range from Big Walter Horton on "Hard-Hearted Woman" 1954 and Louis Myers on "Top of the Harp" 1968 to the obscure Harmonica George on 1959's instrumental and poorly recorded "Sputnik Blues." But This Is the Blues Harmonica detours into acoustic country blues with Sleepy John Estes' rare 1964 recording of "New York City Blues," which features the singer's longtime partner Hammie Nixon on harmonica. There are some other rarities as well, including Carey Bell's infectious 1972 instrumental "Deep Down South" and Junior Wells' "This Is the Blues" which is from the 1965 session that gave us his Hoodoo Man Blues album. This disc is far from the last word on blues harmonica, but it's a good-to-excellent collection that is recommended to anyone who has admired Delmark's contributions to the blues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2001
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153074623
  • Catalog Number: 746
  • Sales rank: 161,663

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Red Headed Woman - Little Walter (2:47)
  2. 2 Deep Down South - Carey Bell (2:30)
  3. 3 Ain't It Nice - Willie Kent (5:14)
  4. 4 Top of the Harp (3:35)
  5. 5 New York City Blues (4:30)
  6. 6 I Got the Blues About My Baby (6:38)
  7. 7 Sputnik, Music - Harmonica George (2:17)
  8. 8 Hey Little Girl (4:49)
  9. 9 Hard-Hearted Woman (3:08)
  10. 10 Hopeless - Dave Specter (5:01)
  11. 11 Shake Your Boogie - Jimmy Burns (3:51)
  12. 12 This Is the Blues - Junior Wells (4:32)
  13. 13 Guilty - Golden "Big" Wheeler (4:08)
  14. 14 Streetwise Advisor (3:58)
  15. 15 "C" for Chicago - Steve Freund (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Boy Arnold Harmonica, Vocals
Eddy Clearwater Guitar
Willie Dixon Bass
Buddy Guy Guitar
Big Walter Horton Harmonica, Vocals
Little Walter Harmonica
Louis Myers Harmonica
Hammie Nixon Harmonica, Vocals
Dave Specter Guitar
Hubert Sumlin Guitar
Eddie Taylor Guitar
Junior Wells Harmonica, Vocals
Steve Freund Guitar, Vocals
Willie Kent Bass, Vocals
Bonnie Lee Vocals
Kim Wilson Harmonica
Kenny Barker Piano
Allen Batts Piano
Carey Bell Harmonica
Fred Below Drums
Barrelhouse Chuck Piano
Lee Cooper Guitar
Jacob Dawson Guitar
Mark Fornek Drums
Leroy Foster Drums, Vocals
Joe Harper Bass
Lafayette Leake Piano
Kelly Littleton Drums
Jack Myers Bass
Ken Saydak Organ
Michael Sharfe Bass
Bob Stroger Bass
Harlan Terson Bass
James Wheeler Guitar
Willie Johnson Guitar
Little Sammy Davis Harmonica, Vocals
Lynwood Slim Harmonica, Vocals
Jimmy Burns Harmonica
Baldhead Pete Drums
Fred Scribner Guitar
Luther "Slim" Adams Guitar
Sho Komiya Bass
Will Davis Guitar
Technical Credits
Billy Boy Arnold Composer
Steve Wagner Producer
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