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.

      1. Intercambio
      2. Island Ways
      3. Tango Funkissimo
      4. Baiao
      5. Only Love
      6. Joe’S Fried Chicken
      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


    “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

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