With Carlos Del Junco'snew CD, entitled Blues Mongrel, this man tries to engulf that "inspirationof the soul". When I got this CD, I was expecting a typical harmonica player with a blues band to "back him up". Even further, as I heard the first couple of songs, it was awful! Being a musician and composer, I have to listen to songs many times to see what a musician is trying express or play. Then it came to me, Del Junco was trying to conjure a totally different aspect of playing the blues. Even as that "first time" jazz listener, try to listen to these artists, as they create a journey for you.
The CD does have its drawback though. In the first cut, Blues with a feeling, the bands sounds like it is totally out of key, trying to make different rhythmic patterns, while Carlos is trying to make a lyrical sound. By the middle of the song, it somewhat "staggers" into a tune. The whole CD, goes from sounding like "straight ahead" blues to a weird hillbilly Brazilian beat.
Track 12 Don't Worry your Pretty Littlehead, is the best tune, a wonderful ballad. You can hear the harmony being created by Del Junco and his band. With so many different styles of this artist's trying to render the blues, give it a listen on what he is trying to create in his music. But again, each tune has a tendency of "pushing" the envelope a little too much, making it hard on the ears to define that a song is being played. This is definitely called eclectic blues. I give the playing of Del Junco a 3 out of 5, his band gets a 2 out of 5. Remember, in listening to jazz, branch out, be daring and listen to different styles of music, like the blues.