Sat Dec 08 2018
The Casbah is proud to present the album release for Canadian blues legend, CARLOS DEL JUNCO. This is an afternoon matinee concert..
Carlos del Junco, Cuban-Canadian harmonica master, fashions sound the way Michelangelo sculpted his David: with daring and sensuality (Carlos actually graduated from Ontario College of Arts in his mid twenties with honours majoring in sculpture)! Considered one of the world’s greatest harmonica players, he is a pioneer of the “overblow” technique, allowing him to play a diatonic harmonica chromatically. The result is stunning: an eclectic blend of soundscapes from the sublime to quirky that often conjure different instrument tonalities, from the sax, clarinet, a sometimes electric guitar tonality, to the violin and even bagpipes!
Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues, jazz and “roots” music (hence the name for his band The Blues Mongrels). The emphasis is on blues, but Carlos and his band (Eric St. Laurent on guitar, Henry Heillig on upright bass) are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, swing, Latin, ska, swampy roots rock, to singer/songwriter themes.
“A model of focus and urgency…a true virtuoso..” Brad Wheeler, The Globe And Mail
“One listen…and it’s obvious he’s in a class with such greats as Toots Thielemans, Paul Butterfield, and Howard Levy…” Peter North, The Edmonton Journal
lots more info at: http://www.carlosdeljunco.