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Four great blues harmonica players (James Cotton, Billy Branch, Charlie Musselwhite, and Sugar Ray Norcia) are featured in various combinations on this spirited disc, backed by a four-piece rhythm section (with guitarist Kid Bangham and pianist Anthony Geraci). Cotton and Norcia have solo pieces, seven numbers feature two harmonicas, and the lengthy low-down blues "Harp to Harp" has all four of the harmonica players taking turns soloing. Much of the material is jazz-oriented, including "The Hucklebuck," "TD's Boogie Woogie," and "Route 66," and the majority of the selections are instrumentals. Each of the harmonica players sounds inspired and the results are consistently exciting and swinging.
If you are a harp fan this one is worth the coin. From fast to slow, the music will keep you moving. I wish I could find more albums like this one. Enjoy.
Four stars because two of the songs sound like country songs to me. Besides that I strongly recommend to buy it.
I was laying in bed when this music came on, dosing off. As soon as Boogie Woogie came on I had to get up and dance. I was smiling and happy, wishing I could wake my husband at 3am to dance with me. I bought the first song I heard, then the next and kept listening and buying. Now I own the album and am checking out their other work. This music makes the good times roll.
Born: October 3, 1951 in Chicago, IL
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s
Top Albums and Songs by Billy Branch
||Route 66||Superharps||5:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Down Home Blues||Harp Attack!||6:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||T.D.'s Boogie Woogie||Superharps||4:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Keep Your Hands Out of My Pockets||Harp Attack!||5:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Hucklebuck||Superharps||5:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Eyesight to the Blind||Blues Harp Meltdown||8:34||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Blues, Why Do You Worry Me?||Superharps||8:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Black Night||Harp Attack!||8:54||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||You're So Fine||Superharps||5:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Billy's Boogie||Blues Harp Meltdown||3:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|