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SONNY TERRY

Wizard of the Harmonica (2020 reissue)

STORYVILLE RECORDS



LP

Released: 29th May 2020

£19.99


The enthusiasm and captivating energy of Sonny Terry on ‘Wizard of the Harmonica’ is as tangible as undeniable as his impact on the blues harmonica and its role in the blues.

Reissue of a 1972 LP featuring guitarist Brownie McGhee, Leif Johansson on washboard and drummer Svend-Erik N rregaard. The technical mastery of the blues harmonica and energetic vocal stylings of Sonny Terry come together on ‘Wizard of the Harmonica’ to form a captivating portrait of one of the instrument’s all-time greats and a legend in the Piedmont blues genre. Terry’s instrumental mastery is accompanied by his idiosyncratic and captivating vocal stylings which move from falsetto whoops to dense spoken word passages in unrestricted yet precise ways to form an expansive and nuanced impression of one of the most characteristic and charismatic performers of the style. Recorded in Copenhagen in 1971, ‘Wizard of the Harmonica’ captures Sonny Terry at a time in his life where his previous musical experiences and relationships form a foundation on which his uncompromising style unfolds with as few restrictions as ever. On “I’m Crazy About Your Pie”, Terry delivers an exuberant take on Blind Boy Fuller’s “Custard Pie”, and the album’s version of “Easy Rider” seems to harken back to how Lead Belly, another old friend and collaborator of Terry’s, would perform it. Recorded in the later part of his career, ‘Wizard of the Harmonica’ depicts a 60-year-old Sonny Terry as vivid as ever but with a strong sense of the roots of his life and musical career.

Wizard of the Harmonica (2020 reissue)

Tracklist

  1. Digging My Potatoes
  2. The Harmonica Blues
  3. My Key Won’t Fit No More
  4. Chasing The Fox
  5. Easy Rider
  6. Goin’ Down Slow
  7. Take This Hammer
  8. Old Lost John
  9. I’m Crazy About Your Pie
  10. Freight Train Rollin On
  11. Pretty Little Girl
  12. Cousin John
  13. I’m Afraid Of Fire