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Mark is a singer / harmonica Canada. Originally from Toronto, he owes his nickname ‘Bird’ to his style, close to the legendary jazz saxophonist Charles ‘Bird’ Parker. Not surprisingly, he admits to major influences, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson and Big Walter Horton. He performed on stage since 1985. In the course of his career, he has mounted several groups, including Polaroid Blues Band and the Sly Dogs, which he subsequently changed the surname to Mark ‘Bird’ Stafford & The Rectifiers. His first official album, “The Bird Man” in 1996. It was not until 2003 it published its second, entitled “Harpspace”. He also assured continuously promote the harmonica in meeting regularly under the banner Harmonica Knights of the best blowers in the country to the maple leaf, and especially Jerome Godboo, Paul Reddick, David Rotundo, Raoul Bhanja Carlos del Junco, Michael Pickett or Bharath Rajamukar. The album was recorded ‘live’ at the Delta Chesea Toronto in July 2012.Bird was surrounded by his backing group, two guitarists, a bassist and a drummer. The directory is solely devoted to blues classics, and almost exclusively of Chicago blues.

The strength Elpee starts with “Pretty Baby.” A component made ​​by Little Junior Parker, in 1957. From Memphis, this artist disappeared when he was not yet 40. Suffering from a brain tumor, he died during the operation. Training is welded. Bird’s voice is admirable. All instruments in place. Then place “Born blind” Sonny Boy Williamson II. Rice Miller is his idol and his style is very well restored. Stafford then fit a piece of the inevitable Little Walter. A year of successful instrumental style for universal “Juke”. He switched gears by “Mellow Down Easy” by the same composer. Remarkable solos are shared with guitarist Aaron Griggs. Bird and easily restores perfectly the style of his master. His cover of “Sloppy drunk” Sonny Boy Williamson I was bleeding. However, if scrapers ensure their job properly, we must recognize that there is a class difference between the leader and its partners. The tempo slows down and becomes the primary style for “I found joy”, a title signed by Jimmy Reed. Bird breath, of course, in the treble. He grows even at their peak. He opts for a new component of Rice Miller, “I do not know,” a track in which he embraces the technique of Sonny Boy before granting ticket out a spirited Briggs. Branch Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for “Got love if you want it,” a swamp blues signed Slim Harpo. Mark ends his concert by three ranges of Willie Dixon, the greatest composer of the Chicago blues, three popularized by Little Walter beaches. First indolent “Can not hold out much longer,” one of the top live, characterized by an amazing dialogue between the blower and Bird Bird singer. “It’s too late brother”, then.Very jump and walked with a slight swing maintained by the rhythm section. Finally, the final piece. A true lesson given on the harmonic chromatic instrument, percussion face Tyler Burgess. No doubt, Stafford is a particularly brilliant musician.


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