Music Review: ‘Blues for Big Walter’


Blues for Big Walter offers a well-deserved tip of the hat to Walter Horton, who was known publicly as Big Walter and is widely considered to be one of the best blues harmonica players of all time. The 16-track, 75-minute program finds a motley crew of blues luminaries—including Kim Wilson, Robert Lockwood, and Bob Corritone—paying tribute to the artist, who died at age 60 in 1981.

The CD incorporates memorable, harp-spiced versions of blues classics like “Rambling on My Mind” and “Worried Life Blues”; also here is the nearly 19-minute “Sugar Ray Medley,” which features soul/blues singer and harmonica player Sugar Ray Norcia and the Bluetunes on Horton’s “Walter’s Boogie,” Duke Ellington’s “I Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill” and other classics.

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