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Jan 19, 2019 - 4:05:50 AM
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CGDA

Italy

1873 posts since 1/4/2009

I've just found this recording of the great Harry Reser playing "Christopher Columbus",  a standard for the "swing bands" of the 30's and 40's. I guess that record has been done at that time. There are many banjoists that practice swing music today, but it's the first time I can hear an iconic banjoist directly ferried from the '20s banjo craze to the swing era and how much good it happened!

https://youtu.be/8lBuenS3hqw

Hope you enjoy!

Marco

Jan 19, 2019 - 8:08:04 AM
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4413 posts since 11/13/2005

Great find Marco.....Harry is swinging like mad isn't he.....yes indeed!

Jan 19, 2019 - 8:11 AM
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4413 posts since 11/13/2005

Hey Marco....was there overdubbing in those days? I hear two banjos playing the same line in one spot, and I don't think Harry is playing both at once.

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:31:10 AM
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CGDA

Italy

1873 posts since 1/4/2009

David, you are right! I also noticed that thing. I guess dubbing was possible even in the 78rpm's era. The other option should be the presence of a second banjoist in the Reser's band...who had to be a very "alter ego". I remember that Sidney Bechet dubbed himself in an old record (The Sheik of Araby, 1941), don't know if anybody ever foretasted that technique.
Thank you for your intriguing comment!

Jan 20, 2019 - 1:39:09 PM
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4413 posts since 11/13/2005

I think I may learn the whole of Resers solo on this one Marco.......it's good stuff. Maybe even take a shot at transcribing it.

Jan 20, 2019 - 3:15:26 PM

87 posts since 6/22/2010

The Cliquot Club Orchestra usually had 2 or 3 banjos.

Jan 20, 2019 - 3:28:38 PM

4413 posts since 11/13/2005

Cool! Who were they John?.......they and Harry would have had to work this up way before hand....

Jan 23, 2019 - 12:39:29 AM

87 posts since 6/22/2010

David
I don't know who the other banjoists with Reser were. But I did look up some images and there are pictures of the band with 3 to 4 banjos including a small piccolo style banjo. They banjo trios or quartettes are featured on many of the recordings including "At Sundown", check it out. They are pictured in the old Paramount Banjo catalog too.
Regards
John Gill

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:21:59 AM

4413 posts since 11/13/2005

Thank You John, I'll check out "At Sundown" for sure. Great stuff...I'll try to look into who may have played in that band, and try to find some of those pics.

David

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