Although pigeonholed as a bluesman
, Jerry Portnoy shows tremendous versatility on this CD. The master harp player blurs the line between blues and jazz by including compositions by the likes of Horace Silver, George Shearing, Harold Arlen, Eddie Heywood and Will Shade. Five Portnoy originals are also showcased.
Jerry Portnoy is a highly respected player and has been a part of at least three Grammy winning records with Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton. Clapton calls Portnoy "One of the most stimulating musicians I have ever played with." The harmonica virtuoso has enjoyed a thirty-year career and has appeared at Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall and The White House. This session features Jerry with the cream of the east coast bluesmen including Duke Robillard, Marty Ballou and Steve Ramsay. Down In The Mood Room
is an exciting mix of jazz and blues and is sure to please the most discriminating listener.