CORNELL DUPREE, excepcional guitarrista americano de jazz.
Cornell Luther Dupree (December 19, 1942 – May 8, 2011) was an
American jazz and R&B guitarist. He worked at various times with Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway, King Curtis and Steve Gadd, appeared on David Letterman and wrote a book on soul and blues guitar: Rhythm and Blues Guitar. He
reportedly recorded on 2,500 sessions.
Dupree was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, where he graduated from I.M. . Dupree began his career playing in the Atlantic
Records studio band, recording on albums by Aretha Franklin and King Curtis as a member of Curtis's band "The King Pins" (having grown up with King Curtis in Fort Worth).
He appeared on the 1969 Lena Horne and Gábor Szabó recording, and on recordings with Archie Shepp, Grover Washington, Jr., Snooky Young and Miles Davis.
He was a founding member of the band Stuff, which featured fellow guitarist Eric Gale, Richard Tee on keyboards, Steve Gadd and Chris
Parker on drums, and Gordon Edwards on bass. Dupree and Tee recorded together on many occasions. Notable albums include the aforementioned Aretha and King Curtis records, plus Joe Cocker's Stingray and Luxury
You Can Afford, plus Cornell's solo albums Teasin', Saturday Night Fever (instrumental), Shadow Dancing, Can't Get Through, Coast to Coast, Uncle Funky, Child's
Play, Bop 'n' Blues, and Unstuffed. He played on Brook
Benton's "Rainy Night in Georgia" and "Please
Send Me Someone to Love", and is featured on two tracks of Peter Wolf's 1998 album, Fool's Parade.
In December 1972, the UK music magazine, NME, reported that Dupree, along with Roberta Flack and Jerry Jemmott,
had been injured in an auto accident in Manhattan.
Yamaha produced a signature guitar called the Carnell Dupree Model.
In 1989, Cornell recorded a video for Arlen Roth's Hot Licks called Mastering R&B Guitar, which documented
his style, technique and influences. In 2009, Dupree appeared in a documentary entitled Still Bill, which chronicled the life and times of Bill Withers. He appeared on stage playing a guitar-led version of Grandma's Hands. Bill Withers, at first, was sitting in the audience, but ended up joining him on stage to sing the lyrics to the song. In this part of the documentary, Dupree played his guitar on a stool, breathing using
an oxygen machine, which foretold his suffering from emphysema.