I’ll be reviewing my collection of blues harp albums in the months to come.
Today I have been listening to perhaps my favourite blues harp disc – Big Walter Horton’s Alligator CD with Carey Bell. Cut originally in 1973, Alligator Records secured the rights and re-released the CD version in 1989. Featuring 11 cuts, the CD contains absolutely no filler – and all the tracks are driven by Big Walter’s full sounding harp. Big Walter chose to feature his protege Carey Bell as second harp and the chemistry between them rubs off on the music.
Apart from Big Walter and Carey Bell, the band features a solid rhythm section with Eddie Taylor (guitar), Joe Harper (bass) and Frank Swan (drums). Taylor and Harper were regular sidemen Big Walter played with throughout his career.
Star tracks : the entire album!
Verdict : an essential blues harp