This may be perennial SoCal blues favorite James Harman's best recording yet. Certainly, its stripped-down sound is the rawest he's recorded. The songs all originals are among his strongest, and his band is as tight as it's ever been.
But it's the nerve-jangling rawness he achieves in his sound that will keep "Black & White" in the CD player for an extended stay. Harman's singing and harmonica playing dip into a deep emotional well that will scorch your soul.
His West coast brand of blues has always combined a deeply swinging approach with the instrumental virtuosity of the Chicago school, but on this album both these strengths are secondary to the overriding passion of the performance.
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