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Jason Ricci

Saturday, March 04, 2006 11:28:47 AM

In case you've been wondering if my Now Playing pod is stuck, it's not. I've been listening almost exclusively to Jason Ricci since I discovered his music a couple weeks ago. The man is an amazing musician. As a harmonica player myself, I really appreciate the talent he has. The harmonica is an easy instrument to pick up and play along with a blues song, but to really make a musical statement with it requires a huge amount of natural talent and understanding of melody and rhythm, along with a natural feeling. The stuff he is playing is mind-blowing. There have not really been a lot of harmonica players that can be considered great musicians -- playing stuff that could be transcribed as music and sound good on any instrument. Little Walter is one that comes to mind that I consider truly great, but there aren't many more. Until now, that is. Jason's stuff at times sounds like an electric guitar, swing clarinet, or a saxiphone. The music can be described equally as blues, funk, rock, and jazz, but always with a blues feeling to it. He has the phrasing, tone, and rythymic complexity of Little Walter, but has taken it to a new level. Check out Hip Shake (sounds like ZZ Top or John Lee Hooker on steroids -- the first 60 second harmonica intro is amazing, but about 5 minutes in he lays down a solo that builds from some tasty Little Walter-esque blues into an intense explosion of notes) and I'm Just a Playboy from, and when you're hooked, look at the whole list of live performances. Jason's new site (built in Dreamweaver, apparently) is at and some of his CD tracks are at

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