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It's been a long time in coming!

After a thirty-five year career as a blues performer, including more than two decades with the W. C. Handy Award-nominated duo Satan and Adam, harmonica player Adam Gussow has made his solo debut. Kick and Stomp showcases Gussow in an unexpected but logical setting: a harp-powered one-man blues band.

Taking a cue from his Harlem mentor, Sterling "Mr. Satan" Magee, Gussow does it all, in real time--singing, blowing amplified harp, and stomping out some thump-and-metal grooves.

Kick and Stomp owes its stylistic breadth to Gussow's background as a New York City-bred funk-blues player who has spent the past decade in the north Mississippi hill country. Ranging from old school blues like "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," "Poor Boy," and "Goin' Down South," to Cream's blues-rock standard, "Sunshine of Your Love," and their power-trio version of Robert Johnson's "Crossroads Blues," all the way to a techno/house remake of Stanley Turrentine's soul-jazz classic, "Sugar," Gussow surprises. His original instrumentals mix sanctified Mississippi two-beats, hard bop (Art Blakey), and Stevie Ray Vaughan's big-beat shuffles. The album concludes with a dazzling solo workout on Scott Joplin's ragtime standard, "The Entertainer."

Only a handful of players on the contemporary blues harp scene have developed an immediately recognizable voice on the instrument. Gussow's sweet edgy tone, upper-octave pyrotechnics, and headlong swing make him one of those few. Kick and Stomp showcases his talents as a modern virtuoso, a player American Harmonica Newsletter praised for exhibiting the sort of "[t]echnical mastery and innovative brilliance that comes along once in a generation."

PLEASE NOTE: If you purchase the album here, you'll download it in the form of a large (75 mb) zip file which contains 14 high-quality (160 kb/s) mp3s plus a PDF version of the liner notes, sized so they can be trimmed to fit a jewel case.

Recorded and mixed by Bryan W. Ward at The Tone Room in Oxford, Mississippi during the heat wave of late July and early August, 2010. ([email protected]:// Mastered by Jeffrey Reed at Taproot Audio Design in Oxford, Mississippi ( Produced by Adam Gussow with Bryan W. Ward

All harmonica, percussion, and vocals by Adam Gussow. No overdubs!

track ________________running time___harp key__
1) Kick and Stomp (A. Gussow) 3:46 Bb
2) Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (J. Williamson) 2:55 D
3) Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce/Clapton/Brown) 6:38 C
4) Every Day I Have the Blues (P. Chatman ) 4:54 Eb
5) Poor Boy (traditional) 4:09 G
6) Shaun's Song (A. Gussow) 4:44 D
7) Goin' Down South (R. L. Burnside) 4:43 A
8) Buford Chapel Breakdown (A. Gussow) 3:41 Bb
9) Crossroads Blues (R. Johnson) 5:46 D
10) Mr. Cantrell (A. Gussow) 5:57 A
11) Down Ain't Out (A. Gussow) 5:59 Db
12) My Baby's So Sweet (A. Gussow) 4:12 D
13) Sugar (S. Turrentine) 3:51 Bb (3rdposition)
14) The Entertainer (S. Joplin) 2:21 C (1st position)

Photo courtesy of Bruce Newman and the Oxford Eagle. Cover design courtesy of Adam Marsh.

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Rated 5 out of 0 to 5 based on 11 reviews

  Gerald Fry. wrote:
Firstly I�d like to say well done Adam for all you do and this project is a perfect step in the progressive process of your instructional projects for harp players.
We all know that Adam is known for his great harp playing rather than his singing; and after everyone hears this, as every harp player should, Adam will still be known for his great harp playing!; that said, he makes a good fist of the vocal and good for you Adam!. This is one of the best collections of harmonica tracks you�ll hear anywhere; partly because it is raw, pure, open and honest performing.; nothing hidden and nothing added.; A great instructional collection which every harp player and budding performer of any kind can glean something from.
Anyone who has been following Adams instructional videos giving tips and techniques and short exerts of songs and riffs, this is the first chance to hear all of that put together as Adam intends it to sound; so much to pick up from listening to this collection!; and such a bargain price to download!. Well done Adam.

  tim wrote:
I listened to this while working away today and never considered turning it down or skipping a song. Start to finish great album! I hope you get a chance to bring the one man show to New England ~ thanks Adam

rating rating rating rating rating   best harp Ive heard in a long time

rating rating rating rating rating   awesome!!!

rating rating rating rating rating   I like

rating rating rating rating rating   My english is bad so here I go. This cd is great, the sound of the harp is so cool. I love it.

rating rating rating rating rating   brilliant,, thank you tradebit and adam

rating rating rating rating rating   Great Adam: a real masterpiece!!

rating rating rating rating rating   perfect

rating rating rating rating rating   Bloody great shit!

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