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Born and musically groomed in the blues heartland of Chicago, Bob Corritore relocated to Phoenix in the 1980s and has since created a thriving musical home-base in the Southwest. In addition to owning and operating Phoenix's premier blues and roots venue, The Rhythm Room, as well as hosting his weekly radio program Those Lowdown Blues on KJZZ, Corritore has racked up countless hours of experience in his role as producer on numerous recording projects by Little Willie Anderson, Louisiana Red, Henry Gray, Robert Lockwood, Jr., and Big Pete Pearson, among others. Ever mindful of playing in service to the song rather than resorting to histrionics, Corritore has been quite content to work as an accompanist or sideman, continually honing and developing his craft, while always maintaining an emphasis on achieving a cohesive ensemble sound. Corritore steps up his game with Taboo, an all-instrumental platter, which best captures the seasoned wisdom of his ever-expanding harmonica prowess. The album highlights and explores the beauty of blues harmonica with a mostly original, brilliantly diverse repertoire, marked by a decidedly noteworthy cast of supporting musicians including Jimmie Vaughan, Junior Watson, Fred Kaplan, Doug James, Papa John DeFrancesco, Richard Innes and others. Chock-full of enticing grooves, captivating moods and charming melodies, Taboo is simply a joy to behold, a sentiment echoed by world-renowned harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite, who acknowledges that, Not many people can do an all instrumental harp CD and keep it interesting all the way through.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping the Blues Harp alive and growing. 6 July 2014
By john w hickey - Published on
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What can I say? This is the best Harp recording of this era! It's not easy to make an all instrumental Blues Harp record. This recording does not contain one bad cut. Corritore does an excellent job on making every song interesting and innovative. He plays in many positions and nails that Chicago sound without making it just another record of regurgitating Big and Little Walter licks. He does pay homage to all the past Blues greats but does it in a style all his own. His guest stars are all from the A list and they all do some of their best work here.This is truly a labor of love,and it shows! I cannot find any fault with this recording. This is a must have for players and music lovers both. There was a time that I felt that all that could be done with the Blues Harp had already happened. I am glad to say I was wrong. What is going on here is giving fresh life to the Harmonica in Blues music. It is opening new doors while staying true to all of the originators of this great instrument. Hats off to a record that proves that Blues Harp is still vital and alive.A true treasure for Blues lovers all the way around! With the sad passing of the great William Clarke it's great that someone picked up the touch and was able to continue to keep the Harp on a progressive path!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Hohner! What a hot honey of a harmonica album! 24 Jan. 2015
By TheNoomz83 - Published on
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This is the all-instrumental masterpiece of 2014 as far as I'm concerned - and it's from the realm of the blues, although at times it extends beyond the genre's borders. Harmonica ace Bob Corritore produced this pulsating, great-sounding disc, composed ten of the twelve songs and takes lead on every track, while supported brilliantly by either Junior Watson or Jimmie Vaughan on electric guitar, Fred Kaplan on piano and Hammond B3 organ, or Papa John DeFrancesco on B3, and Doug James on sax.

The title tune "Taboo" (originally "Tabú" when Margarita Lecuona wrote it in 1934 and the Cuarteto Machín had the original Cuban hit with it) is Latin-beat exotica with cool surf/spy guitar and an intriguing melody carried by Corritore which sets a mood of romance, mystery and danger in some exotic Caribbean locale. The disc's only other cover version revives a rockin' blues instrumental obscurity from 1955 titled "Potato Stomp." This Willie Egan-penned shoulda-been classic originally appeared on a B-side by Lloyd & Willie. It featured some wildly wailin' sax, which Doug James re-creates to a tee on this disc's rousing opener.

A second number with a south-of-the-border flavor is the sizzling, rumba-beat shuffle "Fabuloco (for Kid)," which transports us to Junior Wells "Chitlins Con Carne" territory from Wells's outstanding "Hoodoo Man" début LP. A phenomenal tribute to one of Corritore's mentors, who was nicknamed "The Kid." "Harmonica Watusi" will wipe your blues away with its crazy, jumpin', upbeat '60s dance vibe. Fred Kaplan provides both the piano boogie and an organ solo, followed by Junior Watson with his completely off-the-hook guitar solo. "Many a Devil's Night" is dark and slow and menacing (the polar opposite of "Harmonica Watusi") and is guaranteed to provoke maximum horripilation. Watson and Kaplan again provide superb solos, only kind of spooky this time. "Fifth Position Plea" is a smoldering, pleading blues, showcasing yet another spine-tingling Kaplan piano solo. "Mr. Tate's Advice" is jazz-combo-style blues, with swinging contributions by Jimmie Vaughan's electric guitar, Doug James's baritone sax, and Papa John's B3.

There's a fantastic '50s-'60s classic Chicago sensibility to these proceedings, yet it couldn't sound fresher and more alive. In other words, it's timeless -- and Corritore is clearly determined to keep this tradition ever new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great job on this album and Bob deserves wider recognition 16 Sept. 2014
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Bob is a master of the harp and a true bluesman. Great job on this album and Bob deserves wider recognition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff. Little Walter is no more but Bob ... 26 Oct. 2014
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Good stuff. Little Walter is no more but Bob makes a real claim at being one of the best harp players in a long time
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am very satisfied. 25 July 2014
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article's corresponding to my expectations, I am very satisfied.
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