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Bob Corritore and Friends - Harmonica Blues

Delta Groove Music

Fifteen tracks: 61mins

The folks in Phoenix Arizona really ought to have a Bob Corritore day to celebrate the life and works of a man in their city who has done more for the blues in recent years than any one man could reasonably be expected to do!

As a harmonica player Bob has supported and played played with practically every top class blues musician you can think of. He has a back catalogue that anybody could be proud of and not surprisingly he wants to show it off. This CD is a selection of 16 tracks featuring his work with people like Koko Taylor, Little Milton, Louisiana Red, Pinetop Perkins, Honeyboy Edwards, and, as they say, of many, many more.

You could write a good deal about every track on this CD but I shall be selective. For me, the outstanding track is "Baby Donít You Tear My Clothes", the old Smokey Hogg number, if only because of the wonderful bass baritone voice of Nappy Brown on vocals! Other outstanding tracks include a terrific version of Bumble Bee, the Memphis Minnie song with Chris James on guitar and Patrick Rynn on bass, tosay nothing of the piano and vocal work of Pinetop Perkins (also with James and Rynn) on that wonderful old stalwart, "Big Fat Mama".

Frankly, thereís not a track on this CD that is not worth listening to and many of them are outstanding. Corritore is always an impressive player with a control and a fire that is often second to none. If you are interested in harmonica blues this is an essential purchase, and for those that are just lovers of the blues, this one should not be missed either. Go for it!

EDITORS NOTE - Bob Corritore is owner and operator of one of the most famous Blues clubs in the US, The Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ where he is part of the house band with Big Pete Pearson's Band. He is in the process of recording his third CD with Delta Blues Man Dave Riley. Both his current and first one with Dave Riley were/are nominated as "Best Traditional Blues CD" in our 2008 and 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards. He also was part of last years winning CD for Best Debut CD in our 2009 BBMAs for his harmonica work on Chris James and Patrick Rynn's Earwig Records release, Stop And Think About It.

Reviewer Ian McKenzie lives in England. He is the editor of Blues In The South ( a monthly flier providing news, reviews, a gig guide and all kinds of other good stuff, for people living and going to gigs along the south coast of England. Ian is also a blues performer (see and has a web cast regular blues radio show on www.phonic.FM in Exeter (Wednesdays: 1pm Eastern/ 12 noon Central).

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