[Harp-L] re: Is Howard Levy the most technically advanced harmonica player?
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- Subject: [Harp-L] re: Is Howard Levy the most technically advanced harmonica player?
- From: martin oldsberg <martinoldsberg@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 6 May 2010 04:46:54 -0700 (PDT)
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This was interesting.
Pray tell, in what way is, for instance, James Cotton "equal or greater" technically to Howard Levy?
I´m not being sarcastic -- but I´m wondering if I´ve missed something?
James Cotton is in my book an all right blues player, somewhat repetitive (but that´s an artistic preference) and technically solid but perhaps not overly proficient. Basically sticking to the stuff he learnt in the 50´s ... -- or isn´t he? (LW and BWH considerably greater both technically and artistically, IMO.)
Technically Levy is almost disturbingly good (and I think it actually hampers him some -- but that´s also an artistic statement) who´s been in constant progress for a few decades and appears to be discovering new things all the time.
But maybe I´ve missed something?
Please enlighten us on this.
I do not say my evening prayers to St Howard, and I don´t even like some stuff that he´s done, but I think when it comes to technique there are other standards involved. Let´s call them, for lack of a better word, "objective".
Michael Rubin wrote:
> As far as I am concerned, living diatonic players like James Cotton,
> Rick Estrin, Kim Wilson, Joe Filisko, Charlie Musselwhite, Charlie
> McCoy, Gruenling, Ricci, Del Junco, Michalek, Power, Gazell and many
> others equal or surpass Levy's technical ability. They may not use
> the same techniques that Levy does, but the amount of techniques they
> have mastered are equal or greater than Levy's amounts. If, as i've
> listed for Howard's strengths, pleasing tone is technical ability,
> many of these players are also equal or greater than Levy.
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