Re: [Harp-L] Re: [HarpTalk] World Harmonica Festival report

Larry, what are you basing your assessment on? Do you have a recording of he complete solo?

During that competition I definitely heard a lot of Howard's licks, gestures, and doodads. But nothing among that stuff that rose to the level of Howard's playing. (Of course, by the same token I've heard many Juke renditions that didn't hold a candle out to Little Walter, either). 

The clear winner to my ear was Marcin Dyjak from Poland. His tone was consistent, without overly-bright that Draw5/6 "hot spot," his lines made sense harmonically and rhythmically, and was free of doodads, bends-just-because-you-can, busy-busy-busy licks, and all the other stuff that marred the playing of even the highly placed competitors. Above all else, his playing was musical and satisfying to listen to. He came in second, so at least the quality of his work was recognized.

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 From: The Iceman <icemanle@xxxxxxx>
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Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Re: [HarpTalk] World Harmonica Festival report

Well, it sounded very similar to a live version that I heard Howard play in Savannah. Also, Carlos del Junco is a big fan of Howard and has a lot of his "bootleg live recordings". Carlos did a version that is very similar.

So, while it may not have been "note for note", it was based on a Howard solo, unless Howard heard this guy first and then copied him...

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