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-Cool Papa
Blues Society of the Ozarks
September, 2002



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Getting in the Groove with Harry Manx CD

Harry Manx and his '
Wise and Otherwise' CD is one mellow and soulful collection. As I sit to review this fine piece of work, I put my ear to his stuff to get into this special groove.

That's how this CD works. Put it on and get into the Harry Manx groove. You might want to call it an acoustic, blues-folk, India hybrid soul experience. One reviewer called it "Bombay Blues" and another described it as "Ganges Delta Blues." If you want to label it, well that's cool, but hey - this is just fine music.

Harry Manx is a world traveler. He traveled the world for 25 years covering Europe, Japan, India, Brazil, Australia, and of course North America. You are going to hear the influence of India, as Harry's mastery of the Mohan Veena has been documented. The great Vishwa Mohan Bhatt tutored this man and was so impressed he presented Harry with a mohan veena. George Harrison is the only other recipient of a Mohan Veena from the master. No, you get an idea of the Manx talent. At this point, I just gotta tell ya Manx is a great blues harp man as well, and his slide guitar sound is top flight.

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Wise and Otherwise' was a recording studio twenty-hour labor of love. Twelve tracks with cover tunes done in a beautiful manner include BB King (Thrill is Gone), Van Morrison (Crazy Love) and Jimi Hendrix (Foxy Lady). Manx throws in a some of his own creations along with a taste of old gospel (Only The Will Your House Be Blessed) and an old favorite (Death Have Mercy). Manx's creative arrangements make it all come together, oh so well. You'll cruise along with all dozen.

Only right to close with the inspirational Persian poet Rumi, who said "Please existence, play some song or something through me." To which Manx echoes, "Me too."
 

"The great Vishwa Mohan Bhatt tutored this man and was so
impressed he presented Harry with a mohan veena. George Harrison is the only other recipient of a Mohan Veena from the master."