Artist: Carlos del Junco Title: Blues Mongrel Year Of Release: 2005 Label: Northern Blues Genre: Blues, Harmonica Quality: FLAC (image + .cue) Total Time: 00:57:21 Total Size: 369 mb WebSite: Album Preview
01. Blues With a Feeling 02. No Particular Place 03. Plain Old (Down Home) Blues 04. Skatoon 05. Don't Bring Me Down 06. Our Man Flint 07. Run Me Down 08. Let's Mambo 09. Long Highway 10. Blues Mongrel 11. Nine Below Zero 12. Don't Worry Your Pretty Little Head
Canadian blues harmonica player Carlos del Junco offers an enjoyably varied set on the aptly titled Blues Mongrel, featuring as it does the blues mingled with some other styles. A better instrumentalist than a vocalist (though he's an okay singer), del Junco is a skilled practitioner of playing chromatically with a ten-hole harmonica. That sometimes leads to a feel not unlike Little Walter, whose "Blues With a Feeling" is covered for the opening track. While he interprets another Chess blues great with Sonny Boy Williamson's "Nine Below Zero," not all the songs are as much in the classic straight electric blues mold. He quotes from James Bond soundtracks, covers "Our Man Flint," and offers a Latin-tinged blues in the manner of Peter Green with early Fleetwood Mac on "Plain Old (About Home) Blues." Elsewhere there are nods to ska, country, and mambo, making for a refreshing willingness to go beyond the usual blues strictures without subverting the music's time-honored strengths. The quizzical little upturns on the otherwise fairly standard instrumental blues "No Particular Place," where del Junco inserts phrases owing little to the usual blues progressions, are a good illustration of the material's adventurousness.