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

I saw a youtube video of the jazz winner playing Amazing Grace at the competition. I remember being impressed by the big screen behind him that was showing a representation of the harmonica notes he was playing in real time.

Was I mistaken and this was not the jazz winner?

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From: Winslow Yerxa <winslowyerxa@xxxxxxxxx>
To: harp-l <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Fri, Dec 6, 2013 1:51 pm
Subject: 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.

Winslow Yerxa
Author, Harmonica For Dummies, ISBN 978-0-470-33729-5
            Harmonica Basics For Dummies, ASIN B005KIYPFS
            Blues Harmonica For Dummies, ISBN 978-1-1182-5269-7
Resident Harmonica Expert,
Instructor, Jazzschool for Music Study and Performance

 From: The Iceman <icemanle@xxxxxxx>
To: harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Friday, December 6, 2013 7:13 AM
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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