West Wind Blowin: Mountain Top Productions, Vol. 3 [Mountain Top]

West Wind Blowin: Mountain Top Productions, Vol. 3 [Mountain Top]

by R.J. Mischo


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West Wind Blowin: Mountain Top Productions, Vol. 3 [Mountain Top]

This was Mischo's first album after his move from Minneapolis to San Francisco, and his fifth overall. It's a nice mix of seven originals and eight covers, with two instrumentals. Mischo is one heck of a harp player, a good singer, and an especially proficient songwriter. Obviously the other musicians on the CD agree or you wouldn't see their names on the bill. They include first-call guitarists Rusty Zinn and Steve Freund (who relocated to California in 1994 after playing almost 20 years with several Chicago masters). Although not a live recording, West Wind Blowin' has that sound. When you're listening to it, you feel like you've just walked out of a jumpin' club (sans crowd noise). The only exceptions to this are "R. J. Getup! Milk That Cow!," with just Mischo on harp and spoken word and Randy Bermudes on stand-up bass; and the closer, "South City Fog," a slow, moody instrumental showcasing Mischo's forlorn-sounding, chromatic harp playing. The best tracks are the straight up Chicago originals "What I Got to Have," the swingin' Sonny Boy Williamson tribute "Goat Whiskers," and Junior Wells' "It's My Life Baby." Not only a strong effort by Mischo, West Wind Blowin' is one of Zinn's best performances. Be sure to check out his Sammy Lawhorn vibrato on "Jelly Sellin' Woman."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2004
Label: Mountain Top Prod
UPC: 0714288035622
catalogNumber: 356
Rank: 94098

Album Credits

Performance Credits

R.J. Mischo   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Vocals
Johnny Ace   Bass
Steve Freund   Guitar,Vocals
Walter Shuffelsworth   Drums
Rusty Zinn   Guitar,Vocals
Bob Welsh   Piano

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Big Walter Horton   Composer
J.B. Lenoir   Composer
Jerry "Boogie" McCain   Composer
Hound Dog Taylor   Composer
Junior Wells   Composer
Myles Boisen   Engineer
Rice Miller   Composer
R.J. Mischo   Composer,Producer
Frank "Paris Slim" Goldwasser   Liner Notes

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