Big Harp George | Chromaticism

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by Big Harp George

Contemporary West Coast Jazz/Blues featuring the chromatic "big harp."
Genre: Blues: Jazzy Blues
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1. Smack Dab in the Middle
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2. Crazy About You Baby
4:19 $0.99
3. Left so Soon
5:13 $0.99
4. My Baby Is Now On My Mind
3:13 $0.99
5. Chromaticism
3:32 $0.99
6. Hard Way
2:48 $0.99
7. Cellphone Hater
4:30 $0.99
8. Strolling Down Bliss Street
3:36 $0.99
9. Cocktail Hour
4:57 $0.99
10. Someday
4:45 $0.99
11. Hey Jaleh!
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12. Drum Boogie
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Album Notes
Chromaticism presents my vision of contemporary West Coast blues, with a sense of place, humor, and a dose of jazz. I feature the “big harp:” the chromatic harmonica rarely exploited in blues. My originals reflect my own experiences and outlook. I choose covers that I can sing with conviction, by artists I admire, and that convey elegance and style.

Here's what some of my musical peers have said:

“George has mastered our musical tradition and taken it to new heights, especially in his inspiring use of the chromatic. Congrats for this fine first release and the foresight to surround himself with the best California blues players.”

David Barrett, School of the Blues and Harmonica Masterclass, San Jose, CA

“Big Harp George, with his jazz-inflected chromatic attack, reminds us that cloning Little Walter isn’t the only way to sound good on harp.  This is 21st century West Coast blues, and it swings like hell. It's a fresh sounding, contemporary record shaped by the sounds of the great American musical heritage."

Otis Grand, London, UK

"Very nice tone and ideas from George on chromatic on this fine sounding CD with great backing by blues and jazz masters Little Charlie, Kid Andersen & Chris Burns."

Mark Hummel, Berkeley, CA



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Blind Boy Boyer

Awesome CD!
What a great album. George is an unbelievable harp player, and his chromatic style is unique. The song selection is cohesive, and combines covers of old favorites and original songs by the artist. Great musicianship throughout from the some of the best blues artists in the Bay Area: Rusty Zinn, Kid Anderson, Chris Burns, Little Charley Baty, and Ken Bryson. Michael Peloquin's sax dovetails beautifully with George's harp, and Raja Kawar's drumming is understated and tasteful . George has a warm, expressive voice that, combined with his complex-but-accessible harp playing, makes this one of my favorite blues albums of 2014. Looking forward to more music from this new artist. This album should be filling many stockings this holiday season!