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Seems like James Cotton's mighty harmonica is everywhere you look these days. With a Grammy Award for his Verve album Deep in the Blues now a prominent feature of his trophy case and a full touring itinerary keeping him on the road just as much as he wants to be, this powerhouse postwar Chicago blues legend is enjoying a career renaissance. Blowing his wailing harp on blues rocker Kenny ... Read more in Amazon's James Cotton Store

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  • Audio CD (September 28, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B003X413KQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Grammy Award-winning, world-renowned blues harp icon's first new release in six years. A huge event in the blues world and a treat for harmonica fans everywhere. Giant marks his return to Alligator, home of two mid-'80s Cotton classics and the harp super-session Harp Attack!. He was recently feted at a 75th birthday tribute at the Lincoln Center in New York.

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"...among the greats of all time. He blazes on harp with brilliant virtuosity." --Rolling Stone

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison on October 1, 2010
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James Cotton is in his mid-70s and seems to have been around forever - he started recording for Sun in the early 50s and went on to fame as a member of Muddy Waters' band before going out on his own in the late 60s. James won his battle with throat cancer in the mid-90s but has since concentrated on just playing harp and left the singing to other members of his band. I saw him at the San Francisco Blues Festival a few years ago and he was amazing, as soon as one number finished he immediately started the next one, he hardly seemed to stop playing the whole time he was on stage.

He approaches this record with that same energy and if he doesn't have the greatest harmonica sound he makes up for that with his sheer raw enthusiasm, his attack and the way he conveys emotion. He is a living link back to an earlier generation of harp players, like Sonny Boy Williamson, and still has that slight country sound to his playing despite his strong Chicago background. This is a very varied record - `Sad sad day' sounds like classic Muddy Waters, `How blue can you get is the B.B. King tune and both James and the band rock it up on `Going down main street'. Slam Allen and Tom Holland handle vocals and guitars very competently and if this isn't classic James Cotton it's great to hear him still playing and to be so obviously enjoying himself.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Weinstock VINE VOICE on November 13, 2010
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James Cotton's career as a musician extends some 66 years and while he no longer handles the vocals, he still wails on the harmonica. His latest CD is "Giant" on Alligator features his band of the past several years: Slam Allen on guitar and vocals; Tom Holland on guitar; Noel Neal on bass and Kenny Neal, Jr., on drums in addition to Mr. Superharp himself. Its refreshing that for this latest Cotton recording, they did have Cotton with his band and eschewed the superstar guests. Slam Allen certainly has developed into a solid singer with plenty of personality, and Tom Holland has become one of the most highly regraded traditionally-oriented guitarists around today and little need be added about Noel Neal and Kenny Neal, Jr. This is a great band as the many who have seen them will readily testify.

There are a few originals here in addition to interpretations of classic blues of which "How Blue Can You Get?" "Since I Met You Baby," and "That's All Right" are the best known that to these. I know the opening "Buried Alive in the Blues," by Nick Gravenites has been recorded a lot, but it is relatively new to these ears and it receives rollicking shuffle treatment here with plenty of Cotton's harp. "Heard You're Getting Married," is a slow blues penned by Allen and Cotton with more crying harp. A pair of Muddy Waters tunes follows, with the slow rendition of of "Sad Sad Day" standing out with terrific slide guitar from Tom Holland who evokes Waters' classic style. Another Allen-Cotton original "Change," follows with a churning rhythm and a rocking solo from Allen. Allen does a pretty solid job singing "How Blue You Can Get." The song is handled pretty straight and Noel Neal takes a bass solo with Cotton's harp adding commentary to the bass solo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 31, 2011
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James Cotton is a well-known blues harmonica artist - actually he's a legend! He's been around for a long time (born in 1935) and has his own individual approach to blues harmonica. Not one to get the harmonica out in front of the music, his style is all about the music rather than his virtuosity. His latest album is as good as ever and highly recommended for casual blues listeners - blues affectionados will already have it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Rita on October 3, 2012
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I first saw James Cotton at the small liberal arts college that I attended in Iowa back in the '80s. He appeared with the equally lengendary, Buddy Guy. Even though I grew up in Chicago, this was my first exposure to blues. Sad, but true. A Chicago boy had to travel 300 miles to experience what was right on his front porch. It may have taken 18 years, but I was hooked from that moment forward.

James Cotton defines blues harp. His career has spanned generations and his style has evolved some over time. He has what I call the "Mississippi Delta blues gone north" sound. There is the classic Delta mixed with the more rockin' Chicago-style. To me, this album leans more towards the later. I have only listened through once at this point so I don't have any detailed thoughts about the individual tracks except to say that it starts off powerfully with a great rendition of "Buried Alive in the Blues" and finishes with a soulful dedication to the Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor, "Blues for Koko".
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By Jerry M. Welch on November 11, 2013
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james cotton is the best and no exception here. he seems to be getting better with age. the music that comes out of his harp is so good, thoroughly enjoyable and easy to get into
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