Steve Cropper, other recommendations please?

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  1. uuxv

    uuxv TDPRI Member

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    Hello!!

    I'm exploring the world of Steve Cropper and Booker T. & the M.G.'s. His playing is airy, clear, and spacious. It allows the music to breathe. Duck Dunn is one of my favorite bassists for similar reasons.

    Do folks have any recommendations for other guitarists and bands who I should listen to? Not only classic soul and dance music, but across all genres and styles. Thank you!!

    A. N.
     
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    Cornell Dupree.
     
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    Reggie Young, was in a similar role across town at Goldwax Studios.
    And Eddie Hinton over at Muscle Shoals was on too many sessions to count.


    RJ
     
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    There’s a guy on here, “Ask Zac” that has Spotify playlists Of the above, highly recommended.
     
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    Nile Rogers. Nile is a superb player, and pretty dang hot as an arranger/producer too. His playing is airy, spacious, well timed and tasteful. Everyone can learn from him.
    Wilko Johnson. Not everyone's cup of tea, for sure. Try 'Cairo Blues' and 'Dr. Dupree'
    Pops Staples. Just because. Either with his family, or just as Pops, he was a righteous man with an ear for the right note at the right time.
    Eddie Hazel. Everybody knows 'Maggot Brain', but Eddie was so much more.
    Michael Schenker. Tasteful, melodic soloing. Youtube is your friend. Michael has made some fine instrumental and acoustic albums. Worth a listen.


    Some players from different genres you may find interesting.
     
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    Danny Korchmar, with James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Don Henley...great rhythm player, fine leads when needed.
     
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    James Brown Live at the Apollonius, volume 2
     
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    Beat me to it!

    Reggie Young could blur the line or connect R&B and Country guitar, and come up with tasty fills and solos that like Steve Cropper, were not that difficult in execution, but huge in say melody and composition.
     
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    Leo Notencelli, The Meters. Start with cissy Strut. Then People say.. then just go for it. Based out of New Orleans, the second line playing is superb. and Leo is so far in the pocket...
     
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    +1 for Leo Nocentelli/The Meters.

    Curtis Mayfield, with The Impressions and as a solo artist.
     
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    This one from 1964 features nice guitar work from some youngster called Jimi - did pretty well for himself after this
     
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    Agreed.
     
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    I was mainly thinking of him backing Howlin' Wolf, as opposed to his own work
     
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    Some rock era guitarists who are incredibly versatile in their playing, styles ( electric and acoustic)
    IMO, are:

    Stephen Stills
    Ronnie Wood
    David Hidaldgo ( Los Lobos)
    David Bromberg
     
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    Tony Joe White comes to mind as a player whose airspace says as much as the noise he makes in between the not-playing parts of his tunes. He's 100% feel.

    Another player who has achieved guitar-god status as a riffmeister par excellence but does not get the kudos he deserves as one of the most tasteful players ever to strap on a guitar is Mike Campbell. Given his prodigious abilities, he exercises extreme restraint in his playing and it pays off every time. He steps on the gas once in a while, but not often. Cambell is the musical version of a chef who can open any refrigerator, pull out three or four random things, and make a delicious meal in 30 minutes.
     
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    James Burton?
     
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    Here's James with Merle Haggard. Listen how he sticks to simple phrases and plays them every which way-upside down and inside out. Then at 2:30 he chucks them and gets all beautiful!

    Great player.

     
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