Mon Oct 16 18:49:45 EDT 2017
Had an unusual gig last night. I was asked to play with a 15 piece
Afrobeat band for a big party celebrating the birthday of Fela Kuti. Just
one song "Upside Down" in Dm. I switched between a C harp in 3rd position
and a Lee Oskar Dm harp. The switching for partly for visual effect - the
C harp was an Easttop with white cover plates - but also just for some
chordal variety. I soloed with the Lee Oskar. It was a lot of fun
playing music outside the blues box. The horn lines on that song are
pretty simple harmonically - I could have played them on either harp - but
the timing has to be quick and precise against a polyrhythmic background.
Keeps you on your toes!
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