del Junco - Blues Mongrel
Carlos del Junco has been around for quite sometime
now in Canada and is currently represented by the
Northern Blues Music label (think Jw Jones and Mem
Shannon). He was born in Cuba and has been playing
harmonica blues since the age of fourteen. He released
his first album in 1993 and has a total of six available
on his web site. I was very enthused by this guy's
energy as he performs. I would love to see him live,
but a trip to Canada is out of the question for now
during the holidays. Carlos also has a unique "overblowing"
method used that was taught to him by jazz virtuoso
Howard Levy. Not too many players out their have this
unique talent so give Carlos a chance and I am sure
you will dig it!!
1. Blues with a Feeling-nice harp intro with down
in the alley blues sounds
*2. No Particular Place-great shuffle w/ harp blowin'
3. Plain Old (Down Home)-slow rumba type style
*4. Skatoon-rockin' & groovin'
5. Don't Bring Me Down-slow delta style w/ nice vocals
6. Our Man Flint-groovy instrumental
*7. Run Me Down-jumpin', upbeat tune
8. Let's Mambo-it is what it is...a flowin' mambo
*9. Long Highway-highly addictive and makes me wanna
10. Blues Mongrel-another jammin' instrumental
*11. Nine Below Zero-superb harp/vocal solo!
12. Don't Worry Your Pretty Little Head-sweet and
Visit Carlos on the web at www.carlosdeljunco.com
I give this album a 4.45 on the STLBluesometer! I
really enjoyed it and plan on buying more of Carlos
albums after the New Year!