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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October 9, 2019