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NICK SEWELL The back­bone of the boo­gie metal out­fit that is the Il­lu­mi­nati (not to take any­thing away from the back­bone that is wicked drum­mer Jim Ger­ing), Nick Sewell to­tally rocks the bass lines with the groovy, re­laxed, ca­sual at­ti­tude that all would-be rawk gawds strive for. For some rea­son, he al­ways man­ages to look like he’s in a cool video and keep it to­gether while ge­nius gui­tar math­e­ma­ti­cian Les God­frey gets all in a fuckin’ amaz­ing com­pli­cated freak­out and you’re all like,“Holy crap, this rocks my pants off” and your hips are mov­ing all by them­selves and that’s be­cause of the fuckin’ bass line. Smokin’.

CAR­LOS DEL JUNCO When it comes to har­mon­ica vir­tu­oso Car­los del Junco, Ha­vana’s loss is def­i­nitely our gain. Wield­ing a 10-hole di­a­tonic mouth harp, del Junco bends notes in re­mark­able ways, cre­at­ing won­drous tones that of­ten sound noth­ing like a har­mon­ica. The fact that he’s a mas­ter of the tech­ni­cally dif­fi­cult “overblow” tech­nique may sound like gib­ber­ish to the non-afi­cionado, but that doesn’t mean squat when the re­sults sound as amaz­ing as they do. Like Bela Fleck, who might be thought of as his banjo-pick­ing coun­ter­part, del Junco floats seam­lessly from genre to genre, and it says an aw­ful lot that he’s do­ing for the mouth or­gan what Fleck’s done for the banjo.

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