Mike Turk | Harmonica Salad

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Harmonica Salad

by Mike Turk

A CD of Jazz & Blues from Harmonica ace Mike Turk. He plays both diatonic and chromatic harps with a casual yet challenging style. 5 different groups of great musicians recorded from 1986-1992 including Ronnie Earl, Gray Sargent, Tim Ray and Matt Wilson.
Genre: Blues: Harmonica Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Comeback Kid
5:48 $0.99
2. Tin Sandwich Swing
6:08 $0.99
3. Somewhere in the Night
7:20 $0.99
4. Lament
4:48 $0.99
5. Half Nelson
6:05 $0.99
6. The Mooch
4:47 $0.99
7. Habañero Hero
3:44 $0.99
8. Chro-Magnum Man
5:13 $0.99
9. Tin Sandwich Swing (take 2)
8:24 $0.99
10. Sizzling at the Blue Room
5:03 $0.99
11. Heart's on Fire
5:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
Blurring genre borders is inevitable when a jazz savvy musician's axe of choice is the harmonica, an instrument inevitably linked to the blues. Yet Boston, MA harp master is a rare hybrid. On this record he's as at ease with Elegant swing like Duke Ellington's "The Mooch" as he is with a couple of smoking Ronnie Earl numbers. On Miles Davis' lithe "Half Nelson", Turk sounds trumpet-like. On the gutbucket "Chro-Magnum Man", his harp resembles a Hammond organ. J.J. Johnson's "Lament" is obviously inspired by Toots Thielemans plush jazz sound.

On the originals, turk blends styles so seamlessly, labels become moot. Recorded in 5 sessions from 1986 - 1992, the disc features some of Boston's best sidemen: Gray Sargent, Marshall Wood, Tim Ray, Matt Wilson, and Bob Savine. Ronnie Earl w 'Kid' Bangham show up to smoke on Earl's own 2 tunes. - Dan Gewertz, Boston Phoenix.

Turk wears both hats with equal aplomb on this album; his versatility will bring smiles to the faces of jazz and blues connoisseurs alike. - Mike Methany, Pitch, Kansas City

Touche, where has this guy been?! - Paul Robicheau, The Boston Globe



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