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Guy Cundell


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Post Posted 12 May 2017 5:21 pm     Reply with quote

This wonderful track is completely new to me. I wonder if anyone has some information on the band, the players or the tradition.

'Capucijnen' by De Maui Eilanders

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2jpsqP_1Wk
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Mitch Drumm


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Post Posted 13 May 2017 1:54 am     Reply with quote

Guy:

I picked that up somewhere 3 or 4 years ago. I have it dated as a Dutch group from 1942. I did some research on the group, but can't recall what I learned. Hawaiian music was something of a big deal in the Netherlands at one time, mostly via Indonesia I think. Adolph reportedly disapproved.

I also have "Schön, Dass Du Wieder Bei Mir Bist" by the same group from the same year, with one Han de Willigen on steel. Who he?

Also have "The Maui Islanders" doing "Vieni Vieni". Very cool, with some hot steel and vibraphone, no less. I don't know if that is the same group as "De M.A.U.I. Islanders", but they are certainly from the same era if not the very same group.

Both tracks may be on Youtube?

Look on Youtube for "Mukwai Hula" by a modern day Indonesian group called "The Eastern Aces".


Edit to answer my own question:

https://www.google.com/search?q=Han+de+Willigen&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

de Willigen apparently founded De M.A.U.I. Islanders.

Bass – Rudi Mol

Guitar – Eddy Doorenbos, Han De Willigen, Jan Mol, Jan Van Staaij

Vibraphone – Coen van Nassou

Check "Han de Willigen and His Mad Monsters" with a rocking version of "My Little Grass Shack", complete with a guy working a drum kit like he was in Tommy Dorsey's band. Not to mention a quote of "Flat Foot Floogie". Must be circa 1940.

Who can resist this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbAspbzUHxo


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Guy Cundell


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Post Posted 13 May 2017 4:08 am     Reply with quote

Thanks, Mitch. Most helpful.

Vieni Vieni (1942) is a fine track. Some very hot and clean steel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1ObgRkKiOE

The Han and his Mad Monsters's version of 'Little Grass Shack' is pretty cool, too. Pity the upload is not better quality.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDTU226dUBs

However, I didn't find anything with the same Django flavoured guitar as in 'Capucijnen'.

There is one picture of early Django holding a steel guitar but no recordings and that is the only connection I have seen between Reinhardt and steel, except this track, in a second-hand sort of way. But it is in the same era. Surprising that there was recording going on in the Netherlands in 1942. I thought they might have a few other pressing issues at that time.
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Mitch Drumm


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Post Posted 13 May 2017 4:30 am     Reply with quote

Guy:

I found this untitled tune:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ3VirZLmuE

Isn't that "Paducah" as recorded by both Tau Moe and Benny Goodman with Carmen Miranda??
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Guy Cundell


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Post Posted 13 May 2017 4:44 am     Reply with quote

'If you want to you can rhyme it with bazooka..."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ59ph6RPJw

Sounds like it could be. If so and it was 1942 they were seeking it past the authorities.
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Guy Cundell


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Post Posted 13 May 2017 4:52 am     Reply with quote

Actually, the steel guitar is in the hands of Django's brother Joseph. I believe Django is the one with his hands in the air.
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Mitch Drumm


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Post Posted 13 May 2017 4:59 am     Reply with quote

They musta got "Paducah" from Tau Moe, who spent a lot of time in Europe in that era:

http://picosong.com/MjSU

Also found this by the M.A.U.I. Islanders with some standard guitar along with vibes:

http://picosong.com/Mj6F

Not sure of title.
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Mitch Drumm


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Post Posted 13 May 2017 5:10 am     Reply with quote

Guy:

Check youtube for Alma Sinti.

Modern day gypsy jazz. Some tracks have steel by Andre Venturini.

Such as "Nivram" and "The Slide Stomper".

Could be a lot more of this type stuff with steel, but I haven't found it yet.
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David M Brown


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Post Posted 13 May 2017 7:57 am     Reply with quote

Guy Cundell wrote:
Actually, the steel guitar is in the hands of Django's brother Joseph. I believe Django is the one with his hands in the air.


Great picture....
two of my loves in one shot. Gypsy jazz and Hawaiian guitar!
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Andy Volk


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Post Posted 13 May 2017 11:52 am     Reply with quote

De Willigen played a Gibson EH-150 tuned to an unusual D13th voicing:

High to Low ....

D
B
A
F#
D
C
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