Re: [Harp-L] cool horn band w/harp
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- Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:02:09 -0400 (EDT)
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I agree with RH here. Harp on! Tone is soooo subjective. I thought he
played some tasty lines in this video. What gets me mad is he has gotten this
far in his abilities in only 6 years of playing ;). Keep up the good work
In a message dated 7/17/2012 11:04:51 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
<as the guy who started this post and actually saw the band live, I would
<like to say that Jackson did a fantastic job of playing lines with the
<horns when he could and using nicely tweaked effects when comping behind
<them - - I should have mentioned that and I don't think any of the
<do him justice. Tasty harp in a horn band is a *good thing* we should all
I checked out the video mentioned in the initial post, and I thought the
guy did a very good job.
I'm a little dismayed to see some of the comments the band got on this
list--I don't know exactly what some folks expect. In a blues band, harp
stands out in front of everything else, and plays a very specific leading role.
(One of Magic Dick's innovations was to put the harp into the rhythm
section, as opposed to keeping it out front all the time.) But this ain't a
blues band. In a horn band, harp is intrinsically linked to the horn section.
I thought the harp worked very well alongside the horns in this
performance. He was playing a high-pitched harp, probably an Eb or higher--perhaps
that's why somebody thought he had a thin tone. Didn't sound thin to me--it
sounded like it worked with the horns. A big fat Chicago style sound might
have worked, but might not.
In any case, I've heard a lot of complaints about harp players doing
high-profile gigs, the general tone of which is usually something like "he
didn't play the gig the way Little Walter would have." I'm glad to see a harp
player up front, even if he doesn't play the gig the way I (or anybody else)
would. More harp players up front eventually translates to more gigs for
harp players, which I'm all in favor of.
regards, Richard Hunter
author, "Jazz Harp"
latest mp3s and harmonica blog at http://hunterharp.com
Vids at http://www.youtube.com/user/lightninrick
more mp3s at http://taxi.com/rhunter
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