intercambio

This is my first major release, recorded shortly after my return from Brazil, where I lived for two years. The Brazilian and Latin influence permeates the entire disc, but my Jazz & R&B roots are still very present on this CD. Released in 1996, my favorites from the CD are: Tango Funkissimo, Dindi, and Sarau para Radames.

Listen!

  1. Intercambio

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  2. Island Ways

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  3. Tango Funkissimo

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  4. Baiao
  5. Only Love
  6. Joe’S Fried Chicken

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  7. Dindi
  8. Dieffenbachia
  9. Sarau Para Radames
  10. Hiding From The Light
  11. Chorando Em Sao Paulo

Musicians on these tracks:

Damien Masterson Chromatic Harmonicas
Marcos Silva (except 4 & 6)
Frank Martin Piano on 4 & 6
Jeff Buenz Guitar
Ricardo Peixoto Guitar on 5
Josh Workman Guitar on 4, 6 & 11
Derek Jones Bass
Andrew Buffington Drums
Celso Alberty Drums on 4, 5 & 11
Marquinhos Brazil Percussion
Dennis Broughton Percussion

Review

“The harmonica conjures up a handful of automatic associations: Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, or Sonny Terry. Folk and rock fans recall the raw expressionism of Bob Dylan. But most jazz listeners will link one name – Toots Thielemans – to the instrument. Until now. With this remarkable debut recording, Damien Masterson adds his name to the roster of harmonica virtuosos who impart a singular sound and identity to what jazz polls unfortuantely categorize as a ‘miscellaneous instrument.’ “

Derk Richardson, San Francisco Bay Guardian