RE: [Harp-L] Sinatra and harmonica

I think they didn't want a good blues diatonic player for the Sinatra session-
Also, the pool of players that they would call would be small, partially due to the probable discrimination present for major label studio sessions in that time period. Contractors call players for a Sinatra session!
I feel that they would have gotten a similar result on diatonic from most any chromatic centric/"legit"/jazz player of the day. 
Being a good chromatic player and a good diatonic are related, yet different skillsets.
Very much like the difference between my sax playing vs. my clarinet or flute playing.
BTW, I grew up listening to Sinatra and now remember this record - I probably thought that was great diatonic playing back then.
I also only heard Toots on diatonic one other time - on a song by Melanie (of Brand New Key fame)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.


Michael Peloquin
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> Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:09:52 +0000
> From: winslowyerxa@xxxxxxxxx
> CC: harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Sinatra and harmonica
> Danny Welton is not an easy guy to work with; saw this close up at the 1994 SPAH convention, while George Smith is not someone who would have been on the radar of people working with Sinatra. Toots would have been on their radar, and could have worked out on a better day, perhaps. Tommy Morgan would have defintely been on the radar and in LA , would have been the guy to call normally.
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Wilbur Euler <dubyail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: Mick Zaklan <mzaklan@xxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: harp-l <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Saturday, November 21, 2015 5:22 PM
> Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Sinatra and harmonica
> >From what I can come with This Town is the only time Toots played with Sinatra.
> Regards,
> Wil
> Sent from my iPad
> > On Nov 21, 2015, at 2:12 PM, Mick Zaklan <mzaklan@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > 
> >   I posted previously about a negative harmonica reference I found in the
> > new Frank Sinatra biography by James Kaplan.  I found one other interesting
> > harmonica item in the book.  The author mentions a disappointing recording
> > session partially "redeemed by the weirdly wonderful "This Town"---the
> > closest thing to a straight-up blues Sinatra ever recorded, complete with
> > wailing harmonica...."
> >   Listening to the track (, it
> > definitely cooks but the harmonica stuff is pretty pedestrian.  How much
> > better would it have been if they had used a guy Sinatra had worked with
> > before, Danny Welton  Or
> > brought in Charlie McCoy, who did a nice job on a blues with Elvis Presley
> >  Or if George "Harmonica"
> > Smith had been nearby.  Definitely a missed opportunity, to my way of
> > thinking.
> > 
> > Mick Zaklan

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