David Herzhaft: Jazzin’ Around

David Herzhaft, a chromatic harmonica player from France, defies boundaries and expectations on this unique two-disc set. Drawing from across and beyond the jazz sphere, Herzhaft shows surprising control and versatility with the blues harp-taking on bebop romps, contemporary fusion, down-home Americana and even a Latin arrangement of Paganini’s daunting Caprice No. 5. The influence of chromatic master Howard Levy is clearly discerned in Herzhaft’s supple, note-bending style, and Levy sits in for two happy-go-lucky tracks.