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Mississippi Saxophone: The Great Blues Harmonica Players

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Offering a wide range of sounds in a small, inexpensive, novice-friendly package, the harmonica played a key role in the development of the blues, a sound that continues to resonate in the modern blues world. The compilation Mississippi Saxophone: The Great Blues Harmonica Players reviews this history, covering artists who helped define the harmonica blues sound as well as those who continue its legacy. Taking a dual-minded approach, the collection focuses on artists known for their techniques -- Big Walter Horton's colorful solos, Sonny Boy Williamson II's warble-like hand effects, Little Walter's punchy amplified sounds -- while traveling from the title state (Charlie Musselwhite) to Chicago (James Cotton) and across the pond to the U.K. (Giles Robson).

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