25 June 2011

The Blues Room # 283

The Blues Room presents ...
Carlos del Junco talks Harmonica

Episode 283, 22 June 2011

Playing a ten hole diatonic harmonica, Carlos has developed the unique ability to play chromatically by using a recently developed "overblow" technique taught to him by jazz virtuoso Howard Levy. Overall, this approach to the diatonic harmonica, although much more difficult to achieve, is in many ways more expressive and communicative than the mechanized tone produced by the chromatic harmonica . Carlos is one of the few pioneers of this overblow method, bringing musical credibility to what has still been considered by many in the music industry - a fringe folk instrument. The sophisticated sound produced by del Junco is at once sensitive, soulful, and sexy while never forgetting the rawness inherent in blues music.

The first time I learnt about Carlos was by google searching for Ska tunes that featured harmonica. His album Big Boy showed up as it features a great ska tune with his harmonica playing called Heddon Tadpolly Spook.

On this episode I feature an interview with Carlos found at Hohner's youtube site plus some of Carlos tunes I like, enjoy!!

1. Carlos del Junco - Blues With a Feeling
2. Lee McBee and the Passions - Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter
3. Van Morrison - School of Hard Knocks
4. U.P. Wilson - Half Step
5. Sean Costello featuring Paul Linden - Plumber
6. James Hunter - Don't You Do Me No Favors
7. Ronnie Earl - Baby Doll Blues (Instrumental behind Nate)
8. Carlos del Junco - Another Man Done Gone, On Down The Track
Carlos del Junco Talks Harmonica
9. Carlos del Junco - Junco Partner
10. Carlos del Junco - Big Boy
11. Magic Dick and Jay Geils - The Jumpin' Blues


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