Re: [Harp-L] Chi-Lites Question
As an admirer of both the Chi-Lites and Cy Touff, and a lover of what I had
always thought was a harmonica solo on Oh Girl, I listened to the record a
few times just now and that sure doesn't sound like a melodica to me. The
hand-shaping of the notes sounds especially harmonica-like.
However, Cy Touff being one hell of a great musician, with some beautiful
Blue Note recordings hiding out in the catalog, I wouldn't put it past him
to have found a way to make the melodica more like the harmonica. (It
kinda doesn't sound like either, or sounds like both.)
This is just to say that I don't agree or disagree with internet
authorities, I'm just impressed with the difficulty I'm having identifying
the instrument in this particularly beautiful solo.
When this record was made, they were just coming out of an era in which
making it hard to pick individual instruments out of a blend was really
part of the recording art.
The Chi-Lites recut the tune a few years later, and it's also a strong
record, but without the harmonica-sounding thing (sax is substituted) it
doesn't sound like a hit.
Score one for free reeds.
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