Sunday, September 27, 2009

R.J. MISCHO - Cool Disposition 1997

R.J. MISCHO - Cool Disposition 1997
Label: Crosscut
Audio CD (May 31, 1997)


Minneapolis native, R.J. Mischo began playing the harmonica more than 20 years ago and has gained a reputation as one of the best interpreters of classic Chicago blues harmonica. During his days in Minnesota R.J. played with most of the Twin Cities’ blues legends including Mojo Buford, Sonny Rogers, Percy Strother and Milwaukee Slim. After forming his own band R.J. was introduced to audiences worldwide when he and guitarist Teddy Morgan began playing as the RJ & Kid Morgan Blues Band featuring Percy Strother. In 1992 they released their critically acclaimed "Ready To Go" album on Blue Loon Records. That album was followed in 1994 with "Gonna Rock Tonight." With band personnel changes, R.J. formed R.J. Mischo and his Red Hot Blues Band and quickly became one of the regions top blues acts, winning several Minnesota Music Academy Awards including the award for Best Harmonica Player in 1996. After several successful tours of Europe, R.J. Mischo and his Red Hot Blues Band recorded 2 more CD’s, "Rough ‘N’ Ready" (1996), and "Cool Disposition" (1997), on the prestigious German label, Crosscut Records. In 1998 R.J. moved to San Francisco and began performing regularly in the Bay area as well as touring extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. R.J.’s newest release, "West Wind Blowin’" (1999) features more of his robust harp playing with guest appearances by Rusty Zinn and Steve Freund. Whether R.J. Mischo is playing down-and-dirty, back-alley-blues or supercharged West Coast jump he always delivers some of the best blues harmonica playing found anywhere today.
From Blues On Stage.
A major step forward, recorded in Chicago by Jerry Hall.
R.J. was supported by his fat-toned guitar player Jeremy Johnson, Barrelhouse Chuck on piano, his old partner Billy Black on upright bass, and Richard Innes, original member of the Hollywood Fats Band on drums.
A very intense recording, a showcase not only for R.J. and his harmonica, but also giving Jeremy room to move.
R.J. wrote most of the songs himself. Highly recommended to all lovers of great harmonica driven blues, the kinda blues Little Walter or William Clarke used to play. Beautiful digi-pack edition.
From Crosscut.
R.J. Mischo– Harmonica, Vocals
Jeremy Johnson– Guitars
Barrelhouse Chuck– Grand Piano
Billy Black– Bbass
Richard Innes– Drums
Special guest:
Nick Moss– Lead Guitar
01.(Everybody's) In The Mood 2:50
02.I Should Be Dead 3:58
03.Cold Hearted Woman 4:43
04.Get Your Money 3:51
05.Second Wind 4:02
06.Love My Baby 3:48
07.Taste Of My Own Medicine 4:56
08.Main Street Strut 5:56
09.Little Village 4:01
10.A-OK  3:46
11.Don't Bring A Friend 4:47
12.Skinny Woman 3:56
13.High Maintenance Woman 3:48
14.Dangerous Boy 3:34
15.Travellin' Al Day 3:20

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