Harp Attack

Pieces of Eight

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This is a sampling of a dozen harp players who participated in a touring revue called Harp Attack, who played the Los Angeles nightclub circuit. Standing out for being the most adventuresome is "Ironman" (mistakenly labeled as "Iron") by Mike Curtis, a one-man band who judiciously tackles "Take Five" with a tastefully bluesey approach. Certainly Paul Desmond and Dave Brubeck would beam with delight! Kelly Rucker re-twists Jimmy Rogers' "Walking By Myself'" with a tough-gal image. Forget "The Same Thing" being just how Willie Dixon envisioned it as Preston Smith gives the song a confessional makeover. Just as commendable are the backing musicians, especially Gashouse Dave's artful guitar and rough and tumble vocals, and Max Bangwell's WD-40 shuffling drums. But what a crying shame that the introduction to each player has an uneven recording quality.

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