[Harp-L] Harmonicas covering classic horn parts!

Michael Rubin michaelrubinharmonica@xxxxx
Sun Jul 23 11:53:27 EDT 2017

Flat out great. You are my hero.
Michael Rubin

On Sun, Jul 23, 2017 at 10:10 AM Shirley, John <John_Shirley at xxxxx> wrote:

> Hey all.
> I have long been curious about how it would sound to cover classic songs
> and replace all of the original wind and brass parts with harmonicas, so
> when my recording students asked me if I could assemble a faculty band for
> them to work with this past spring I jumped at the chance to pick tunes
> with some tasty horn arrangements. They recorded us as their end of
> semester project and I just finally got around to mixing our version of
> Born Under a Bad Sign. On this session the brass and baritone sax parts (as
> per the original Albert King recording) were performed using various
> diatonics, a chromatic (for one line) and a slider bass harmonica (for the
> baritone sax parts). By carefully pairing mics, amps and embouchures with
> each harmonica/voice I tried to emulate the sounds of the original
> instruments; thanks to Dennis Gruenling for introducing me to these tonal
> possibilities, as well as to both Dennis and Christopher Richards for the
> great mics!
> Anyway, I think these experiments were quite successful. Here’s the link:
> https://youtu.be/sxA64AH6JKY?list=PLD-VQNdNliVQSdAzC3qxLaITHH8x9oTw6
> All the best,
> - John
> John Shirley, Professor of Music
> UMass Lowell

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