The lines of societal demarcation that separate us have no jurisdiction in the musical world. People from different races and cultures are free to collaborate and travel wherever their muse guides them. All they need is the courage to breach the artificial boundaries between them.

It’s unlikely that Adam Gussow wanted to change the world when he approached Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee on a Harlem street corner back in 1986. All this Jewish, Ivy League-educated musician wanted was a chance to play his harmonica with the blues legend that locals called a “Harlem landmark.”

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