Gary Prmich review 04-18-12…

GARY PRIMICH

JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE

WITH OMAR DYKES

OLD PAL RECORDS  CD 101

 

DISC 1–SATELLITE ROCK–SWEET FINE ANGEL–CARESS ME BABY–BOOGIE WOOGIE BABY–BAD DOG–MIDNIGHT RAMBLIN MAN–MONEY HABIT–SEPTEMBER SONG–HOUSE ROCKIN’ PARTY–HOO DOO BALL–CARAVAN–SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS

DISC 2–DANGEROUS MAN–PUT THE HAMMER DOWN–MR FREEZE–JENNY BROWN–ONE ROOM COUNTRY SHACK–MAIL ORDER MOJO–PRAY FOR A CLOUDY DAY–KEEP ON TALKING–NEVER KNOW WHEN A WOMAN–DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI–INDIANA

 

The blues world lost yet another one of the most soulful harp players and singers in the genre’ with the September 23, 2007, passing of Gary Primich.  Born in Chicago and raised in Indiana, he bought a cheap harp as a youth and practiced incessantly, hustling tips down on Maxwell Street, and sneaking into clubs to listen to his heroes play.

 

As he matured, he believed that the Chicago scene was moving away from the traditional, harp-influenced sound that he loved, so he packed up and left for Austin, TX.  He was soon voted that town’s best harpman for several consecutive years.  He released four CD’s of his own works, as well as several appearing as a sideman with good friend Omar Dykes.  It is from those collective sets plus a few unreleased tracks that comprise “Just A Little Bit More.”  There are twenty-three cuts on two CD’s, which show Gary’s versatility as a leader and as a sideman.

 

He could blow the blues with the best of ’em, but he also absorbed a wealth of knowledge of jazz from listening to the likes of Lester Young and Gene Ammons.  These jazz inflections can be heard on his scalding instrumental work on standards such as “Caravan,” “September Song,” and “Back Home Again In Indiana.”

 

Gary was also a great friend of yet another recently-passed blues icon, Jerry McCain.  You can hear a lot of Jerry’s blues influence in tunes such as “Satellite Rock,” “Never Know When A Woman,” and the Chicago-blues of “Keep On Talking.”

 

Gary’s relationshiip with Omar and the Howlers, tho, was special, and their recorded works together show them as true kindred spirits in the blues.  These cuts serve as some of Gary’s best as a sideman.  Check out the gentle lope of “Caress Me Baby,”  the reckless, stop-time rock of “Dangerous Man,” and, our favorite, an all-acoustic affair with only Omar’s vocal and guitar with Gary on harp, “Down In Mississippi.”

 

Gary Primich may not have been a “household name,” but one thing he did have was a lot of soul.  And, he had a burning desire to learn all he could from every source possible and give it a sound that was all his own.   Let’s enjoy Gary’s music “Just A Little Bit More.”   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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