There was a harmonica hero who you may not have heard about. His name was – and still is becase legends never die – William Clarke.
A wonderful singer and harmonica extraordinaire, William Clarke was both diatonic and chromatic Blues player and had this take-no-prisoner attitude when he was playing music.
Riccardo has been listening to Clarke’s music since he was in a teenager, blown away by the music of this wonderful Blues artist.
It was on rehearsal when Riccardo came up with the suggestion “why don’t we play William Clarke’s Greasy Gravy? A II-V-I turn around instrumental somewhere between a shuffle and a swing? I do the chromatic theme and we’ll see what happens?”
The band was cool with that and the song was multitracked and mixed in a DIY way.
Here’s what happened.
We hope you enjoy this.
Little Walter is – without no question – one of the harmonica heroes you must listen and study, if you are serious about Blues music and Blues harmonica.
We as band never wanted to play too much of the classic Blues, not because we don’t like (actually we love the classic Blues and you should see how many Blues records from the Blues masters we listen to everyday) but because the idea is to connect that 50’s, 60’s and 70’s Blues with modern time.
As I said we wouldn’t play too many classics, but there are some tunes we can’t help but want to play because they stick out from all the rest, being them written in a special way or hitting us in a unique way.
“Up The Line” is one of them. Apart speaking about the good ole Blues theme like “we can’t get along anymore, I’m leaving” in a special way, like every lyrics and song written by the awesome Willie Dixon, this tune has a special identity to my ears.
Along with people like Robben Ford, Gary Smith, Sugar Ray Norcia, we did our take of this masterpiece at the last rehearsal. I multitracked, mixed and mastered all the sounds.
In this session, you can listen to the great job done by Alessandro Marchesin on guitar, Massimo Fantinelli on bass and Andrea D’Ostuni on drums.
Oh, yes. It’s me on vocals and harmonica. And I hope you like this version.