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Lee Oskar

Lee Oskar

Lee Oskar’s new album on Zebra, So Much in Love, may be his first album as a leader since 1981, but his name has never faded from view in the rarefied world of harmonicas. He’s that rare musician, who has channeled his savvy about his instrument into manufacturing. Now, Lee Oskar Harmonicas-Oskar’s “day gig”-is a strong contender in the field.

Oskar was first introduced to Zebra when he did session work for the late Zachary Breaux. The company’s founder, Ricky Schultz, was a fan of Oskar’s music, going back to his popular solo albums from the ’70s and, before that, his ground-breaking in the band War. Like most Zebra products, the album is a mostly melodic, easy-going affair, with stellar guests such as bassist John Pattitucci, pianist Kei Akagi and guitarist Frank Gambale. The album also features the Oskar signature sound, first heard in War, of blending harmonica and sax-that of Larry Klimas. But blowing is not the agenda here.

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