Friday, November 19, 2010

“Harmonica Blues” - Bob Corritore & Friends (Delta Groove Music)

By Malcolm Kennedy

Harmonica Blues
Bob Corritore's Delta Groove Music debut, Harmonica Blues, marks the fortieth anniversary of Bob picking up the harmonica. It is a star studded 15 track extravaganza featuring a many of the blues world's finest with backing bands that are the envy of any producer. The recordings range from an instrumental "1815 West Roosevelt" with Eddie Shaw on sax laid down in 1989, to three recorded just last year with Louisiana Red, Dave Riley and Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater.

Supporters include Patrick Rynn-bass and Chris James-guitar on a half dozen cuts as is Chico Chism on drums. Kid Ramos adds guitar to a pair, and National Heritage Fellowship award winner Henry Gray adds piano to three, singing also on "Things Have Changed." Koko Taylor sings "What Kind of Man is This" supported by Bob Margolin, Little Frank Krakowski, Bob Stroger and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith.

Throughout the entire project is Corritore's often understated harp work. The man has some serious chops. As with his Rhythm Room recordings and two highly acclaimed CD's with Dave Riley: Travelin' the Dirt Road and Lucky To Be Living (both on his Blue Witch label), Bob always puts the focus of attention on his friends and does here as well. This time around though, the spot light is shining on Bob some too. Harmonica Blues would be an excellent CD to add to your collection for the rare performances of these blues icons alone; but rest assured Bob's gifted harp playing is also worth the price of admission. This CD is highly recommended.

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