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5.0 out of 5 stars THE Harmonica player, June 11, 2001
This review is from: Essential Little Walter (Audio CD)
This collection is not only essential walter Jacobs, it is essentially the player who all who dare to make the harmonica a significant instrument is measured against. Like Charlie parker is to saxophone as Jimi hendrix is to guitar is Little Walter is to harmonica. There has been some greats that have come by such as Charlie Musslewhite or Rod Piazza to name a couple. But they cant pass walters ability to innovate. Technique is so much to be measured. ability is found and considered when a person gives himself to his art and that what he did. His use of rythm and deep swooping lines attack the center of the human emotions that captures the places that cannot be fathomed. The solo's on some of the pieces have the ears wondering if there is two harmonica players or maybe even a saxophone. His work is visionary somewhat like Mozart's is to me. He can move from a longing soul to a swaggering feel to a roller coaster ride and the back up band just follows. a few of his tunes crossed over to R&B charts to make it high on the charts. He is of course a Muddy Waters discovery and is right there with the Shapers of what IS the blueprint of all blues.
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