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All I Need

by Harry Hmura

Harry performed on the score “Rock Anthem for Saving the World,” for the video game and soundtrack release in 2001 of Halo. He followed up performances in 2009 on Halo 3 ODST and in 2010 for Halo Reach.
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1. All I Need
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2. Why Why Why
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3. Give Em' to You
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4. Stay Home
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5. Amazing Hot Places
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6. Must Be a Sign
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7. Dream Blue
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8. Friend of Mine
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9. Talk to Your Daughter
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Harry performed on the score “Rock Anthem for Saving the World,” for the video game and soundtrack release in 2001 of Halo. He followed up performances in 2009 on Halo 3 ODST and in 2010 for Halo Reach.

He has recently Performed with his band and with Grammy Award Winning artist, Sugar Blue.

Three years after Harry Hmura graduated from high school - he was just twenty years old - he was asked to play with Muddy Waters' sideman, James Cotton. James Cotton became the Chicago blues harmonica master of his time, right along with Little Walter and "Shakey" Horton. Harry toured the US and Canada and he met many of the blues legends who created the sounds we know as Chicago blues, the musical bedrock for so much of our contemporary music. With the help of his new friend, Ken Johnson who was James Cotton's drummer, he went to all the clubs in town to listen to all the greats touring through the city. In his own words, "The one person I give thanks to at all times is Kenny Johnson. May he rest in peace! He was a big brother to me from the first day I met him at Cotton's house. He was encouraging and inspiring. I owe it all to Kenny (Johnson) and James (Cotton)." Thanks to his friends/band members, he often sat in alongside Muddy Waters, Dickey Betts and the Allman Bros., Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Junior Wells, Elvin Bishop, Roy Buchanan, with Hendrix’s drummer Buddy Miles and with Muddy Water’s pianist Pinetop Perkins.
On one of his first stops with Cotton, Harry performed in New York's Radio City Music where Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter and BB King were on the same bill. Johnny Winter had been one of his musical idols when he was growing up so playing with him is etched deeply in his memory. Playing with greats - who are now legendary musicians- brought a deep sense of responsibility; this is the kind of mentorship that turns protégés into future masters. Harry was very young and he had only dimly sensed how powerful music could be.
Shortly after leaving James Cotton, another blues harpist, Sugar Blue heard him perform at the original Checkerboard Lounge (once home to Buddy Guy) relocated in what is now called Bronzeville, Chicago. Sugar Blue (another Grammy-awarded artist for his work with the Rolling Stones) heard him that night and hired him to tour Europe with him. Harry toured Europe with Sugar for close to two years.
When he came back to Chicago, Harry formed his first fusion group “Countdown” in the mid 1980’s. At that time, he also began to record in studios for TV and radio commercials for sponsors ranging from Kraft, McDonald’s, Flintstones Vitamins to the Oprah show. He has now performed on local and national TV shows, A&E’s American Justice, Biography, WGN, National Geographic, NBC, WTTW-PBS, Storm Stories, History Channel, Discovery, ESPN and VH-1.
In 1994, Harry recorded with smooth jazz artist, Brian Culbertson. He then went on to tour with Brian for the next four years. Harry also wrote, co-wrote and produced several songs for Brian's next two records, “Modern Life” and “After Hours”. On the Modern Life CD, Harry co-wrote the title track and Out of the Mist. On the After Hours CD, he co-wrote Inside Pocket. As Brian Culbertson grew in fame, Harry performed in larger and larger audiences all over the world.
Harry then left Brian to release his first solo CD, “Passion” in 2002 on United One Records.
“Face To The Sun,” Harry’s second release on his label, Stormcloud Records, delighted fans reaching from Mexico to Canada. The CD includes band members of international Latin vocalist, Luis Miguel.
It is a sensitive, melodious ode to Latin guitar. These works are a testament to the vitality and largesse of Harry's spirit. Looking into the light and living with passion and commitment are his mantras. Harry has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival twice, once with James Cotton and under his own name and band.

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