Monday, May 14, 2012


Donald "Duck" Dunn was the master bassist of the soul sound. Here's a Brit take on his legacy [that Guardian obit kept feezing up my computer so the link is now to The Washington Post obit]. My oldest son Miles is a bass player and was rightfully knocked out while still in his teens by Dunn's prodigious talent which was manifestly apparent when Dunn was still in his teens. The best tribute is to go and listen to his playing with Booker T. and The MGs or backing up Otis Redding and other STAX record acts back in the day.  Here's a sample from Youtube (not the best sound but some great close ups of Dunn and the funky baseline he created and played so masterfully):

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