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Offline uncle bud

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« on: August 17, 2006, 09:05:07 AM »
Jesse Fuller's kazoo playing is very nice, IMO. Well, you know, for kazoo...  :P

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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2006, 10:57:00 AM »
Lewis "Rabbit" Muse, who came up in the forum the other day was a kazoo player.  I've only heard the one cut of his that's on the Juke.  Jazzbo Tommy Settlers played a lot of kazoo, and his complete recorded works are on the Juke.

A little kazoo goes a long way.  But, having said that, I played in a rock band in high school with a really great kazoo player.  He had an excellent sense of rhythm, melody, and tone, and could make that kazoo sound like a trumpet or a fuzz boxed Stratocaster.     

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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2006, 11:14:43 AM »
For comb and paper try some of Red McKenzie who played with some hot jazzmen of the late 20's.. typically the Mound City  Blue Blowers et al
(That's enough of that. Ed)

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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2006, 12:13:47 PM »
Brownie McGhee peformed in Britain in 1958 using a strange contraption which he called a "jazz horn". This consisted of a trombone with the mouth piece replaced by a kazoo. There's a photo of him with it taken by Paul Oliver on page 131 of Story Of The Blues.

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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2006, 06:44:42 PM »
Ben Ramey(sp?) of the Memphis Jug Band is pretty much the top of the heap if you ask me. He gets an incredible buzz at times and really plays spectacular duets with Son Brimmer, (Will Shade) on harp, on much of their material. Clearly they are playing well thought out arrangements andf not just jamming.

Most of the various guitar players who played with Gus Cannon and Noah Lewis played kazoo on some numbers.

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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2006, 11:52:34 PM »
A little on the pale side of CB, but there's also the Allen Brothers.  Lee plays a cool trumpet-like kazoo break on "Frisco Blues," in particular. 

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