Various Artists

The Great Harp Players (1927-1936)

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The Great Harp Players (1927-1936) Review

by Scott Yanow

Although one may think of the blues harp beginning with Little Walter, the first Sonny Boy Williamson, or Sonny Terry, a variety of harmonica players did record in the '20s. Some of their recordings were technical displays that featured them imitating everything from animals to trains, while other players were more blues-oriented. This valuable CD has two selections from the guitar-harmonica team of William Francis and Richard Sowell; Ollis Martin's "Police and High Sheriff Come Ridin' Down"; six pieces by Eli Watson (including "El Watson's Fox Chase"); two cuts apiece by Palmer McAbee, Ellis Williams, Alfred Lewis, and the team of Smith & Harper (which is the only music on this CD recorded after 1930); plus four songs/displays from Blues Birdhead (including "Get up off That Jazzophone") and George "Bullet" Williams (highlighted by "Frisco Leaving Birmingham" and "The Escaped Convict"). Fascinating music.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 William Francis / Richard Sowell 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
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William Francis / Richard Sowell 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
3
Ollis Martin 02:59 SpotifyAmazon
4
El Watson 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
5 El Watson 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
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El Watson 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
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El Watson 02:54 SpotifyAmazon
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El Watson 02:45 SpotifyAmazon
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El Watson 02:51 SpotifyAmazon
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Palmer McAbee 03:29 SpotifyAmazon
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Palmer McAbee 03:07 SpotifyAmazon
12 Bullet Williams 02:45 SpotifyAmazon
13
George "Bullet" Williams 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
14 George "Bullet" Williams 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
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George "Bullet" Williams 02:44 SpotifyAmazon
16
Blues Birdhead 03:13
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Blues Birdhead 03:27
18
Blues Birdhead 03:20 SpotifyAmazon
19
Blues Birdhead 03:46 SpotifyAmazon
20
Ellis Williams 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
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Ellis Williams 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
22 Alfred Lewis 03:22 SpotifyAmazon
23 Alfred Lewis 03:10 SpotifyAmazon
24
Harper / Smith 02:28 SpotifyAmazon
25
Smith & Harper 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
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