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Joe Goldmark


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Post Posted 21 Apr 2011 4:07 pm     Reply with quote

Steeler: Bob Dunn
Artist: Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers
Tune: When You're Smiling
Artist: Modern Mountaineers
Tune: Takin' Off
CD Title: Bob Dunn - Master Of The Electric Steel Guitar 1935-1950
Label: Origin Jazz Library OJL-1004
Year: This release 2010, "When You're Smiling" recorded 1938, San Antonio, TX, (Decca 5660), and "Takin' Off" was from 1941, Dallas, TX (Bluebird 8960).



Bob Dunn was the original hot steel guitarist. He owed his sound more to Charlie Christian & Sol Hoopii, than to Leon McAuliffe. He played with many of the Texas swing bands of the '30s and '40s, but apparently never with Bob Wills. It is said that he tried to emulate horn players, and I think he definitely applied their phrasing and attack to the steel.

This is a pretty cool double CD with amazing packaging and includes a 42 page booklet.

Joe

When You're Smiling
http://www.vinylbeat.com/forum/4-23WhenYoureSmiling.m4a

Takin' Off
http://www.vinylbeat.com/forum/2-23TakinOff.mp3


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Twayn Williams


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Portland, OR
Post Posted 22 Apr 2011 12:17 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks for the links, I love Bob Dunn's playing and tone. Smile
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Jerry Hayes


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Virginia Beach, Va.
Post Posted 24 Apr 2011 10:27 am     Reply with quote

Joe, thanks for posting that. Do you have any idea what tuning Bob D. used on these tunes? Thanks....JH in Va.
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Emmett Roch


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Post Posted 26 Apr 2011 6:40 pm     Reply with quote

I heard - I think here on the forum - that Bob Dunn came up with Hank Thompson's signature steel lick when he played with him, and Hank kept it in his music the rest of his career.
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Jim Robbins


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Ontario, Canada
Post Posted 26 Apr 2011 7:40 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks for posting. I'm not sure whether Bob Dunn owed his sound to Charlie Christian or the other way around -- Dunn is (I think) generally held to be the first person to record on electric guitar when he was with Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies (whatever happened to the good band names ...). Here's a couple of youtubes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxq2WmrE7cE&feature=related and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3NhWKDNMgM

On the other hand, no one could (can) touch Charlie Christian's phrasing, time, swing, structure, rhythmic displacement of stock formulae & resulting harmonic tension etc etc etc.

I read or heard somewhere Barney Kessel talking about people telling him to "play like a horn" -- he played his chord melody solos more aggressively and then eventually figured out they meant to play single note lines ...
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Joe Goldmark


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San Francisco, CA 94131
Post Posted 28 Apr 2011 12:58 pm     Reply with quote

Hey Jim,

That "Takin' Off" is even cooler than the one I posted. He was certainly brilliant early in his career. I think the whiskey eventually got to him, as you don't hear the sparks flying in his later work.

Joe
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Andrew Brown


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Houston, Texas, USA
Post Posted 2 May 2011 2:16 pm     Reply with quote

Emmett Roch wrote:
I heard - I think here on the forum - that Bob Dunn came up with Hank Thompson's signature steel lick when he played with him, and Hank kept it in his music the rest of his career.


That was Ralph "Lefty" Nason. Dunn never played with Thompson.
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