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The Charlie Christian Collection 1939-41
The Charlie Christian Collection 1939-41

Charlie Christian
Styles: Jazz
Catalogue Number: FABCD352
This is part of a mini-series on our competitively priced budget label Fabulous under the banner of Jazz Legends, presenting some of great and influential names of jazz, with recordings drawn from the classic era of the genre’s development between 1920 and 1950. Charlie Christian was one of the key figures who shaped the development of jazz guitar, in particular the use of the amplified electric guitar. His use of the single-string solo technique, aided by the amplification which brought the instrument out of the rhythm section and into front-line solos, revolutionised the role of the guitar in jazz, especially in a small group context. Despite his tragically short life – he died from tuberculosis in 1942 when he was 25 – his prolific activity during his two years or so of recording, coming as it did at the beginning of the ‘40s, made him a key figure in the development of bebop. This great value 24-track collection comprises recordings which he made from the time he joined Benny Goodman’s Sextet in summer of 1939, through to just before he succumbed to illness in June 1941, primarily with Goodman’s band but also including other work, including a track from the legendary Minton’s Playhouse jam sessions which were the genesis of bebop. It’s an entertaining and enlightening snapshot of a career which had an influence way beyond its short span.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Flying Home Benny Goodman Sextet
2 Rose Room Benny Goodman Sextet
3 Stardust Benny Goodman Sextet
4 Haven't Named It Yet Lionel Hampton & His Orch.
5 Seven Come Eleven (Roast Turkey Stomp) Benny Goodman Sextet
6 Shivers Benny Goodman Sextet
7 Grand Slam (Boy Meets Goy) Benny Goodman Sextet
8 It's just like taking candy from a baby Benny Goodman Sextet
9 Ad Lib Blues Benny Goodman Septet
10 Dickie's Dream (Lester's Dream) Benny Goodman Septet
11 Wholly Cats Benny Goodman Sextet
12 Royal Garden Blues Benny Goodman Sextet
13 As Long As I Live Benny Goodman Sextet
14 Breakfast Feud Benny Goodman Sextet
15 I've Found A New Baby Benny Goodman Sextet
16 Gone With What Draft Benny Goodman Sextet
17 Jammin' In Four Edmond Hall Celeste Quartet
18 Solo Flight Benny Goodman And His Orchestra
19 Waitin' For Benny (A Smooth One) Benny Goodman Sextet
20 A Smoo-ooth One Benny Goodman Sextet
21 Air Mail Special Benny Goodman Sextet
22 Ida (Sweet As Apple Cider) Benny Goodman Sextet
23 Topsy (Charlie's Choice) (Swing To Bop Pt. 2) Minton's Playhouse Jam Session
24 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Benny Goodman And His Orchestra
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