Released in 1998 on the North Magnolia label, this is the second installment of Mikael Santana's musical odyssey. Bill Ellis, music writer for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, gave 'In Transit' a 3 and a half stars rating and wrote of it: 'Garnering help from guitar whiz Sean Costello and the creative half of the junkyardmen - harpist Billy Gibson and drummer John Scalici - performer Mikael Santana beautifully blurs the lines between jazz and blues on his dazzler of a record 'In Transit.' A big influence is Mose Allison, especially on the hipster glide of High-Class Automobile (aided by another great musician, pianist Gerald Stephens). Santana also goes south of the border in Sexy Like a Tango, acknowledges Chuck Berry on One More Roll, and nails the jump blues in Express Your Desire. This cat has all the bases covered - not only is Santana a heavy composer, his harp playing lands on all the right notes and his seasoned voice runs the show. Impressive down to the cool CD cover.' With the release of In Transit, Mikael formed The Mikael Santana Band. Using The Black Diamond Club on Beale Street in Memphis as their base of operations, they have regularly gigged there as headliners, or have opened up for such blues notables as Little Jimmy King, Blind Mississippi Morris, Studebaker John, Sean Costello, and Anson Funderburgh with Sam Myers. On June 2, 2000 they were given the honor of opening for B.B. King at the B.B. King Homecoming in Indianola, Mississippi.
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