Holy smokes, this thing is crazy good. There’s a lot of chatter in the comments on Youtube about whether or not this is the first recorded instance of an overblow on the harmonica. To me this is like arguing about ornithology in a room full of birds. Never mind the freakin’ overblows, okay? This guy exhibits a fully formed jazz conception on the diatonic harmonica–the closest thing to Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet (the two most obvious contemporary reference points) that I’ve heard on harmonica. The pianist is obviously influenced by Earl Hines, which makes the connection to Amrstrong’s Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings all the clearer. I intend to study this piece very, very closely; anyone who’s into improvised styles on the harmonica is well advised to do the same.