> On May 17, 1:59 pm, Tubaman <***@domitype.com> wrote:
>> listener would call or write to ask about the "instrument"
>>listed as "Bass Cano," especially in reference to Alfred Elkins
>>recording with Big Joe Williams in 1941.
>>Ever since then I have been researching this instrument - some
>>musicologists (and others) say it was a very simple one-string bass
>>guitar (not a wash-tub bass) while others say it probably was "Vocal
>>Bass" sung to imitate the sound of a string bass (like the Mills
>>Brothers often did.)
> Nobody else has tried, so I'll offer a bit of odd information that may
> or may not be related. "Cano" is Latin for 'I sing'.
> Joel Shimberg
Well, it's actually "canto," "I sing," or "cantare," the infinitive "to
sing." I now find myself thinking of "cano" = "cane," as in the flutes
made of cane that were traditional. This doesn't help with recording,
which I haven't heard anyway, but may provide some glimmer to research.
Speaking of cane, I am similarly perplexed by the set of Clifford Hayes
(Dixieland Jug Blowers and others) recordings that feature what is
referred to as a "walking cane flute." This sounds like a wooden flute
or pipe, has a fair range, and sounds like it's played straight, not
transversely. The performer is playing hot jazz, a real virtuoso, but
I've never found out any more about it.
A while back there was discussion somewhere, and I put their 1930 "Tiger
Rag" on my Web site. Go to http://www.dwsanderson.com/music.html and
scroll down; click on the title for RealAudio playback.
East Waterford, Maine