All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Cornell Dupree

Cornell Dupree

In a remarkable career spanning five decades, Cornell Dupree played on literally thousands of sessions and worked with a staggering list of artists that includes James Brown, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, Elvin Jones, B.B. King, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Herbie Mann, Jimmy Smith, and many more.

Born on 19 December 1942, in Fort Worth, Texas. A self-taught guitarist, Dupree became a professional musician in his home town while still in his mid-teens. Soon thereafter, he joined King Curtis' band in New York City where he worked with Jimi Hendrix. He became the guitarist of choice for Atlantic Records in the late '60s, after legendary producer Jerry Wexler brought in Dupree to help shape the label's soul tracks.”It was our practice to use three (or even more!) guitarists on a record session,” said Wexler. “We were looking to create some kind of interweave with the rest of the rhythms — the bass, drums, keyboard. Time and again we would get into a hellacious mess as the three guitarists invariably got in each other's way. ... And so when Mr. Dupree, the pride of Fort Worth, came to our rescue, it was bye-bye to multiple guitars because — miraculously, it seemed to me — one man, playing rhythm and lead at the same time, took the place of three.”

Dupree's work for Atlantic earned him a10-year tenure with Aretha Franklin, one of the label's superstars. “I just know that during all that while with Aretha, I immensely enjoyed it,” says Dupree. “It was all about the feeling, and the way she expressed herself vocally was another inspiration for me.”

Read more

Tags

Photos

Albums

Mr. 2500 / Live At...

Birdland Records
2003

buy

Bop'N'Blues

Kokopelli Records
1995

buy

Guitar Riffs For DJs...

Birdland Records
1993

buy

Can't Get Through

Birdland Records
1991

buy

Cornell Dupree's...

Birdland Records
1977

buy

Teasin'

Birdland Records
0

buy

Watch

Similar

Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.