Friday, June 28, 2013

Little Walter...Blowing With A Feeling

Little Walter, born Marion Walter Jacobs (May 1, 1930 – February 15, 1968), was an American blues harmonica player, whose revolutionary approach to his instrument has earned him comparisons to Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix, for innovation and impact on succeeding generations. His virtuosity and musical innovations fundamentally altered many listeners' expectations of what was possible on blues harmonica. Little Walter was inducted to the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 in the "sideman" category, making him the first and only artist ever to be inducted specifically for his work as a harmonica player.

Music journalist Bill Dahl described Little Walter as "king of all post-war blues harpists", who "took the humble mouth organ in dazzling amplified directions that were unimaginable prior to his ascendancy." His legacy has been enormous: he is widely credited by blues historians as the artist primarily responsible for establishing the standard vocabulary for modern blues and blues rock harmonica players. His influence can be heard in varying degrees in virtually every modern blues harp player who came along in his wake, from blues greats such as Junior Wells, James Cotton, George "Harmonica" Smith, Carey Bell, and Big Walter Horton, through modern-day masters Sugar Blue, Billy Branch, Kim Wilson, Rod Piazza, William Clarke, and Charlie Musselwhite, in addition to blues-rock crossover artists such as Paul Butterfield and John Popper of the band Blues Traveler. Little Walter was portrayed in the 2008 film, Cadillac Records, by Columbus Short.

This 22 track compilation gives a good cross section of his entire musical career both as a solo artist and as an in demand backup musician..

1. Juke
2. Crazy Legs
3. Tell Me Mama
4. Off The Wall
5. Blues With A Feeling
6. Too Late
7. You're So Fine
8. Rocker
9. I Got To Find My Baby
10. Last Night
11. Mellow Down Easy
12. Rattlesnake
13. Big World
14. Dark Road
15. Me And My Chauffeur
16. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
17. I'm Ready
18. Joliet Blues
19. So Glad I Found You
20. That's Alright
21. Chance To Love
22. Sloppy Drunk