Blues Harmonica Giant
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Audio CD, Audiobook, Box set, 14 September 2010
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 14.71 x 13.79 x 3 cm; 293.98 Grams
- Manufacturer : JSP RECORDS
- Manufacturer reference : CDJSP2305
- Original Release Date : 2010
- Label : JSP RECORDS
- ASIN : B003WLUMXY
- Country of origin : USA
- Number of discs : 3
- Best Sellers Rank: 43,624 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Big Walter Horton was recognised as one of the blues' most creative harmonica players. Supremely gifted, he was dedicated to the music rather than his career. He could reach emotional extremes with little apparent effort and then somehow dig even deeper into the expressiveness of his instrument. Here, as leader and in bands led by other artists, is some of his best work. Here also is 'Deep Blues' - his famous collaboration with fellow harpist Carey Bell - on CD for the first time.
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Others will have their opinions of his work, and you can read them. But for my mind, his efforts on an instrumental, "Walter and Carey", rank right up there with anything anyone put out in this genre, particularly because it is performed in a minor key, which one rarely finds with blues harpists. Such a treat! He allegedly was a master of the positions of harmonica playing, and this itself is enough to recommend his works to those who listen closely with a view to learn.
The following number, "Walking By Myself" was obviously listened to and followed by Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson and the rest of Canned Heat when they released their recording of the same on their first album. Horton's influence on Wilson is clear to hear on many recordings.
Big Walter's playing is full of technical tricks, which any aspiring blues harmonica player would do very well to master. This compilation is an excellent introduction to a musician who has an extensive catalogue to document his career, and an excellent value. I find myself wanting to extend my collection of his albums after listening to this three CD compilation. The competition regarding this instrument in this genre is excellent, but as no one less than Willie Dixon called Big Walter Horton the best harmonica player he had ever heard, one can't ignore him.
Mindestens 2 davon haben eher dokumentarischen Wert. Die Klangqualität und die Instrumentierung ist eher dürftig.
Selbst die Namen einzelner Mitmusiker sind verloren gegangen.
Aber es erinnert uns daran, dass auch in den guten alten Zeiten nicht nur magische Momente veröffentlicht wurden.
Vieles musste eben schnell improvisiert werden, weil Studiozeit teuer war.