Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Harpin the Blues
Genres: Country, Blues, World Music, Pop, Rock
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Slick and polished, but the real McCoy!
Scott in Vermont | Vermont USA | 02/16/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Had I known before hand that this CD contains only 30 minutes of music, I might not have bought it. But now that I own it I'm not about to give it up! McCoy delivers! This is a concept album: 'the story of the blues,' with narration by McCoy, aimed at the mass country music market. This audience probably doesn't buy many instrumental albums and McCoy has to win them over while dealing with the inherent limitations of the diatonic harmonica. He succeeds perfectly, in my book.
McCoy is the master of the single-note line. His attack, vibrato and intonation are flawless (listen to the way he nails those major sevenths and seconds! -- not an easy task in cross harp position). Some great cuts here: Hank Williams' 'Lovesick Blues, Willie Nelson's 'Night Life' (check out McCoy's glissandi) and his own "Tribute to Little Walter." McCoy gives credit where it's due and calls this an "arrangement" of licks he learned from Walter (which shows a lot more integrity than that of a whole lot of harp players out there do). Yet McCoy is his own man even here; the piece remains a tribute to L.W., not a slavish imitation. And if you think you don't want to hear yet another version of 'St. Louis Blues,' check out McCoy's renditon. Again, first rate blues playing by a master! But enouogh hyperbole. Buy it!"
henrikr | Europe | 08/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Charlie McCoy is the best harmonica player I've ever heard. He usually play countrymusic but this record shows how close he is to the blues. One of his favourites was Little Walter and the fifth track on this record is a tribute to Little Walter. This track is, in my opinion, the best track on this record and it really wants you to practise more on the harmonica. Charlies versions of Basin Street Blues and St.Louis Blues are superb. This record shows that you can play bluesharp so that every single note is heard. If you play the harmonica, or if you don't, - buy this record!"