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This reissue is Johnny's debut album, and it includes the 9 original tracks as well as 4 previously unreleased performances. Produced by Rod Piazza. "Breezy jump rhythms, clear-toned guitar solos, playful breaks and novelt... more »
This reissue is Johnny's debut album, and it includes the 9 original tracks as well as 4 previously unreleased performances. Produced by Rod Piazza. "Breezy jump rhythms, clear-toned guitar solos, playful breaks and novelty melody lines...is pure West Coast, as are Dyer's smooth vocals." - Living Blues "Characteristic style and a cut-loose approach to playing." - Blues Access
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peter krampert | eharmonica.net | 02/12/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Johnny Dyer grew up on the Stovall Plantation in Mississippi and began playing the harmonica at the age of seven. He started playing professionally at sixteen. In 1958 he moved to California and soon hooked up with Chicago Blues harmonica master George "Harmonica" Smith. Over the years he's worked with Rod Piazza, Harmonica Fats, Shakey Jake Harris and others.Dyer began recording in the early 1980's and has been slowing building up a catalog of fine recordings. This CD, produced in 1995 is an excellent example of what Dyer is capable of. Included on the CD are some of Johnny's earliest recordings.Dyer is backed up by one hell of a tight band that includes members of the Mighty Flyers, Rod Piazza's group. Rod himself makes a guest appearance playing on one of the tracks as does George "Harmonica" Smith. Dyer himself is no light-weight on the harmonica, playing with authority, having learned at the footsteps of masters and bringing his experience of growing up on the Stovall Plantation into the mix.This is an extremely tight album and one that I'd definitely suggest that you give a listen to."