It’s been four months since this wonderful concert happened in Pordenone. There was the Original Blues Brothers Band performing in the city center for the new year’s eve and Riccardo was invited to join the band by Rob Paparozzi (be sure to check his website, a hell of harmonica player and singer!) and playing some harmonica on “Sweet Home Chicago”.
Considering the band was the first inspiration for Riccardo to pick up a harmonica and blow some Blues into it, starting a long and surprising journey into the music world, the experience was exciting and Riccardo was up to the seventh cloud.
Here’s a little video of the tasteful event. Thank you Rob Paparozzi and to the wonderful gentlemen in the Original Blues Brothers Band.
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.