Mouth Harp Blues

Shakey Jake

Mouth Harp Blues
  • CAT # OBCCD-559-2

    1. Mouth Harp Blues 5:00
    2. Love Me Baby 3:15
    3. Jake's Cha Cha 2:05
    4. Gimme A Smile 4:25
    5. My Broken Heart 3:10
    6. Angry Lover 3:00
    7. Things Is Alright 2:15
    8. Easy Baby 5:00
    9. Things Are Different Baby 5:15
    10. It Won't Happen Again 2:08

The late James Harris earned the moniker “Shakey Jake” due to his proficiency at dice, but he was equally adept at the blues game. The Arkansas-born, Chicago-based singer and harmonica blower traveled to Rudy Van Gelder’s New Jersey studio in November 1960 to record this, his second album for the Bluesville label. Jake brought along Jimmy Lee Robinson, the brilliant, fast-fingered guitarist best known for his work with Little Walter’s band. Also making tasty contributions to the session was Robert Banks, the New York r&b and gospel studio organist, who, in this case, ably appointed himself as a two-fisted blues piano stylist. Among the ten selections in the distinctively loping “Easy Baby,” a tune also associated with Jake’s nephew Magic Sam.

with Robert Banks, Jimmie Lee, Leonard Gaskin, Junior Blackmon

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