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The Genius Of The Electric Guitar

Charlie Christian

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First, a few myths get cleared up by the very existence of this box, which goes far beyond the original Columbia compilations with the same name. For starters, Columbia goes a long way to setting the record straight that Charlie Christian was not the first electric guitarist or the first jazz guitarist or the first electric guitarist in jazz. For another, they concentrate on only one thing here: documenting Christian's seminal tenure with Benny Goodman's various bands from 1939-1941. While in essence, that's all there really is, various dodgy compilations have been made advertising Christian playing with Lester Young or Lionel Hampton. It's true that he did, but only in the context of the Goodman band. There are 98 tracks spread over four CDs, all of which have been remastered from original sources -- the sound is nothing short of breathtaking. The tracks include the well-known master takes, all 70 of them, as well as 17 never before released alternates and 28 cuts that have only been issued on European or Japanese compilations. What all of this compiling proves is one thing certainly: all single-disc collections cannot begin to do justice to the legend and methyl that surrounds Christian's genius. The single-disc ventures are merely shadows, not even photographs or snaps of the massive wealth of musicality that this collaboration between these two men, and the various bands and orchestras they were involved in. Chronologically laid out, the notes are exhaustive enough to include take numbers for jazz historians to argue about. For the rest of us, we get to delve deep into the Goodman band's treasure trove with "Flying Home," "Rose Room," "Memories of You," "AC-DC Current" -- with a killer Lionel Hampton vibes solo, as well as Christian's fat-shaped chords that sound downright funky -- "Gone With What Wind," and more masters with those slippery solos and lilting clarinets. Plus, we get nine alternate takes just on disc one. Disc two brings Lester Young and Buck Clayton to the Goodman sextet, as well as players like Georgie Auld and Cootie Williams. These sides in 1940 are the most cooking, as Christian has to actually get in and mix it up with the horns. Among the most noteworthy are "Ad Lib Blues," "Lester's Dream," "Wholly Cats," and "Royal Garden Blues." The alternates are three takes of "Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me)" and two of "Good Enough to Keep (Air Mail Special)," which must have been hell to pick between for the original issues -- they all smoke. Disc three puts the Goodman sextet in a new groove, with Count Basie making the scene briefly with Williams and Auld. The trading of fours between Basie and Christian on "Breakfast Feud" -- of which there are even steamier alternate takes -- is one of the highlights of either's career, and the only place on record where Goodman himself gets lost in the beat. Finally, disc four presents the Goodman Orchestra, Metronome All-Star Review, and his own big band. The sheer talent on these sides is dizzying to even list: Gene Krupa, Harry James, Jack Teagarden, Benny Carter, Pete Mondello, Fletcher Henderson, and on. Christian shines on all of these sides. Backed by a rhythm guitarist (acoustic), and a big rhythm section, his solos are wracked with fluttering arpeggios that seem to meander before sideswiping the listener with their on-target incision into the melodic framework of the tune and their absolutely in-the-pocket sense of time. Along with alternate takes, there are sextet false starts and breakdowns included, as well as the Goodman Orchestra's rehearsals. The fourth is easily the most exhausting disc of the set to listen through, but it also has the most astonishing music. This set is an archivist's dream, to be sure, but it nonetheless offers the rest of listeners plenty as well: a complete education in Goodman, as well as Christian and the eras, and to be sure, the most potent music outside the Ellington band from those years. In addition, Peter Broadbent's encyclopedic biographical notes and Loren Schoenberg' s obsessively (yes, that's a good thing) musical notes make for an indispensable package both historically and aesthetically.
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1
Flying Home
00:03:12

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - L.Hampton, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Fletcher Henderson, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally released 1939. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Rose Room
00:02:47

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - John Hammond, Producer - Art Hickman, Composer, Lyricist - Harry Williams, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Fletcher Henderson, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally released 1939. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Stardust
00:03:14

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - Hoagy Carmichael, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Fletcher Henderson, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally released 1940. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

4
Memories of You
00:03:10

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - John Hammond, Producer - A.Razaf, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - E. Blake, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Fletcher Henderson, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally released 1940. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

5
Soft Winds
00:02:26

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - F. Henderson, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Fletcher Henderson, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass - John Hammond, Producer

Originally released 1939. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

6
Seven Come Eleven
00:02:46

Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - Charlie Christian, Composer, Electric Guitar, Lyricist - Benny Goodman, Clarinet, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Fletcher Henderson, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

: Originally released 1941. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Shivers
00:02:48

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - C.Christian, Composer, Lyricist - John Hammond, Producer - L.Hampton, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Johnny Guarnieri, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally released 1940. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

8
AC/DC Current
00:02:45

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - C.Christian, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - L.Hampton, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Fletcher Henderson, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally released 1953. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

9
I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
00:02:58

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - D.Dougherty, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - A.J. Neiburg, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - E. Reynolds, Composer, Lyricist - Fletcher Henderson, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally Recorded 1939 & Released 1978. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

10
Till Tom Special
00:03:04

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Composer, Lyricist - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - Nick Fatool, Drums - Lionel Hampton, Composer, Lyricist, Vibraphone - Count Basie, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally released 1940. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

11
Gone with What Wind
00:03:22

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - C. Basie, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Count Basie, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally released 1940. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

12
The Sheik of Araby
00:03:15

Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - Harry Smith, Composer, Lyricist - Johnny Guarnieri, Piano - Nick Fatool, Drums - Francis Wheeler, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Ted Snyder, Composer, Lyricist - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally released 1940. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

13
Untitled Tune
00:02:01

Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - Nick Fatool, Drums - Johnny Guarnieri, Piano - Unknown, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally Recorded 1940 & Released 2002. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

14
Poor Butterfly
00:02:50

Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - John Hammond, Producer - Nick Fatool, Drums - Johnny Guarnieri, Piano - R. Hubbel, Composer, Lyricist - J. Golden, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally released 1940. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

15
I Surrender, Dear
00:03:00

Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Gordon Clifford, Composer, Lyricist - John Hammond, Producer - Nick Fatool, Drums - Harry Barris, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Johnny Guarnieri, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally released 1940. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

16
Boy Meets Goy (Grand Slam)
00:02:53

Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - Nick Fatool, Drums - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Johnny Guarnieri, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally released 1940. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

17
These Foolish Things
00:03:11

Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - J. Strachey, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - H.Marvell, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Dudley Brooks, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally released 1940. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

18
Flying Home (First Alternate Take)
00:03:15

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - L.Hampton, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Fletcher Henderson, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally Released 1948 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

19
Memories of You (Alternate Take)
00:03:08

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - A.Razaf, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - E. Blake, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Fletcher Henderson, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally Recorded 1939 & Released 1972 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

20
Soft Winds (Alternate Take)
00:02:28

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - F. Henderson, Composer, Lyricist - John Hammond, Producer - Nick Fatool, Drums - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Fletcher Henderson, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally Recorded 1939 & Released 2002 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

21
Shivers (Alternate Take)
00:02:30

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - C.Christian, Composer, Lyricist - John Hammond, Producer - L.Hampton, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Johnny Guarnieri, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally Recorded 1939 & Released 2002 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

22
Gone with What Wind (Alternate Take)
00:03:15

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - C. Basie, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Count Basie, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally Recorded 1940 & Released 1987 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

23
The Sheik of Araby (Alternate Take)
00:03:26

Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - Nick Fatool, Drums - Harry Smith, Composer, Lyricist - Johnny Guarnieri, Piano - Francis Wheeler, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Ted Snyder, Composer, Lyricist - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally Recorded 1940 & Released 2002 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

24
I Surrender, Dear (Alternate Take)
00:02:55

Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Gordon Clifford, Composer, Lyricist - John Hammond, Producer - Nick Fatool, Drums - Harry Barris, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Johnny Guarnieri, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally Recorded 1940 & Released 2002 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

25
Boy Meets Goy (Grand Slam) (Alternate Take)
00:02:50

Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Johnny Guarnieri, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally Recorded 1940 & Released 2002 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

26
These Foolish Things (Alternate Take)
00:03:05

Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - Nick Fatool, Drums - J. Strachey, Composer, Lyricist - H.Marvell, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Dudley Brooks, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally Recorded 1940 & Released 2002 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

DISQUE 2

1
Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me)
00:03:18

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Dudley Brooks, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally released 1940. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

2
Good Enough to Keep (Air Mail Special)
00:02:53

Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - John Hammond, Producer - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Charlie Christian, Electric Guitar - J. Mundy, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - C.Christian, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Dudley Brooks, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally released 1972. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

3
Ad Lib Blues
00:03:20

Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - Freddie Green, Acoustic Guitar - Jo Jones, Drums - Count Baise, Piano - Walter Page, Bass - Lester Young, Composer, Lyricist, Tenor Saxophone - Buck Clayton, Trumpet - Oscar Peterson, Composer, Lyricist

Originally released 1940. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Wholly Cats
00:03:15

Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - Freddie Green, Acoustic Guitar - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Jo Jones, Drums - Count Baise, Piano - Walter Page, Bass - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone - Buck Clayton, Trumpet

(P) 1972 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Charlie's Dream
00:03:12

Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - Freddie Green, Acoustic Guitar - C. Basie, Composer, Lyricist - Jo Jones, Drums - L.Young, Composer, Lyricist - Count Baise, Piano - Walter Page, Bass - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone - Buck Clayton, Trumpet

Originally released 1940. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
I Never Knew
00:02:58

Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Gus Kahn, Composer, Lyricist - John Hammond, Producer - Freddie Green, Acoustic Guitar - Jo Jones, Drums - T. Fiorito, Composer, Lyricist - Count Baise, Piano - Walter Page, Bass - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone - Buck Clayton, Trumpet

(P) 1972 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Lester's Dream
00:03:16

Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - Freddie Green, Acoustic Guitar - C. Basie, Composer, Lyricist - Jo Jones, Drums - L.Young, Composer, Lyricist - Count Baise, Piano - Walter Page, Bass - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone - Buck Clayton, Trumpet

Originally released 1940. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Wholly Cats (Album Version)
00:03:03

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Harry Jaeger, Drums - Count Basie, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass - Georgie Auld, Tenor Saxophone - Cootie Williams, Trumpet

Originally Released 1941. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.

9
Wholly Cats (Album Version)
00:02:59

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Harry Jaeger, Drums - Count Basie, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass - Georgie Auld, Tenor Saxophone - Cootie Williams, Trumpet

Originally Released 1941 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

10
Royal Garden Blues
00:03:01

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - S. Williams, Composer, Lyricist - Harry Jaeger, Drums - C. Williams, Composer, Lyricist - Count Basie, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass - Georgie Auld, Tenor Saxophone - Cootie Williams, Trumpet

Originally released 1941. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

11
As Long as I Live
00:03:19

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - Arlen Harold, Composer - Harry Jaeger, Drums - Ted Koehler, Lyricist - Count Basie, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass - Georgie Auld, Tenor Saxophone - Cootie Williams, Trumpet

Originally released 1941. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

12
Benny's Bugle
00:03:05

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - John Hammond, Producer - Harry Jaeger, Drums - Count Basie, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass - Georgie Auld, Tenor Saxophone - Cootie Williams, Trumpet

Originally released 1941. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

13
Gilly
00:02:36

Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - Harry Jaeger, Drums - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Ken Kersey, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass - George Auld, Tenor Saxophone - Cootie Williams, Trumpet

Originally released 1950. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

14
Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me) (First Alternate Take)
00:03:13

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Dudley Brooks, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally Recorded 1940 & Released 2002 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

15
Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me) (Alternate Take)
00:03:18

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Dudley Brooks, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally Recorded 1940 & Released 2002 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

16
Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me) (Alternate Take)
00:02:52

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - Dudley Brooks, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally Recorded 1940 & Released 2002 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

17
Good Enough to Keep (Air Mail Special) (Alternate Take)
00:02:47

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - J. Mundy, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - C.Christian, Composer, Lyricist - Dudley Brooks, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally Recorded 1940 & Released 2002 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

18
Good Enough to Keep (Air Mail Special) (Alternate Take)
00:02:56

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - John Hammond, Producer - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Fatool, Drums - J. Mundy, Composer, Lyricist - Lionel Hampton, Vibraphone - C.Christian, Composer, Lyricist - Dudley Brooks, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass

Originally Recorded 1940 & Released 2002 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

19
Wholly Cats (Alternate Take)
00:02:58

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Harry Jaeger, Drums - Count Basie, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass - Georgie Auld, Tenor Saxophone - Cootie Williams, Trumpet

Originally Recorded 1940 & Released 2002 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

20
Wholly Cats (Alternate Take)
00:03:05

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Harry Jaeger, Drums - Count Basie, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass - Georgie Auld, Tenor Saxophone - Cootie Williams, Trumpet

Originally Recorded 1940 & Released 1972 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

21
Wholly Cats (Alternate Take)
00:03:03

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - B. Goodman, Composer, Lyricist - Harry Jaeger, Drums - Count Basie, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass - Georgie Auld, Tenor Saxophone - Cootie Williams, Trumpet

Originally Recorded 1940 & Released 1972 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

22
Royal Garden Blues (Alternate Take)
00:02:46

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - S. Williams, Composer, Lyricist - Harry Jaeger, Drums - C. Williams, Composer, Lyricist - Count Basie, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass - Georgie Auld, Tenor Saxophone - Cootie Williams, Trumpet

Originally Recorded 1940 & Released 2002 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

23
Royal Garden Blues (Alternate Take)
00:03:02

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - S. Williams, Composer, Lyricist - Harry Jaeger, Drums - C. Williams, Composer, Lyricist - Count Basie, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass - Georgie Auld, Tenor Saxophone - Cootie Williams, Trumpet

Originally Recorded 1940 & Released 2002 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

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As Long as I Live (Alternate Take)
00:03:22

Charlie Christian, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Electric Guitar - Benny Goodman, Associated Performer, Clarinet, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Clarinet - Benny Goodman Sextet, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - John Hammond, Producer - Arlen Harold, Composer - Harry Jaeger, Drums - Ted Koehler, Lyricist - Count Basie, Piano - Artie Bernstein, Bass - Georgie Auld, Tenor Saxophone - Cootie Williams, Trumpet

Originally Recorded 1940 & Released 1987 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Descriptif de l'album

First, a few myths get cleared up by the very existence of this box, which goes far beyond the original Columbia compilations with the same name. For starters, Columbia goes a long way to setting the record straight that Charlie Christian was not the first electric guitarist or the first jazz guitarist or the first electric guitarist in jazz. For another, they concentrate on only one thing here: documenting Christian's seminal tenure with Benny Goodman's various bands from 1939-1941. While in essence, that's all there really is, various dodgy compilations have been made advertising Christian playing with Lester Young or Lionel Hampton. It's true that he did, but only in the context of the Goodman band. There are 98 tracks spread over four CDs, all of which have been remastered from original sources -- the sound is nothing short of breathtaking. The tracks include the well-known master takes, all 70 of them, as well as 17 never before released alternates and 28 cuts that have only been issued on European or Japanese compilations. What all of this compiling proves is one thing certainly: all single-disc collections cannot begin to do justice to the legend and methyl that surrounds Christian's genius. The single-disc ventures are merely shadows, not even photographs or snaps of the massive wealth of musicality that this collaboration between these two men, and the various bands and orchestras they were involved in. Chronologically laid out, the notes are exhaustive enough to include take numbers for jazz historians to argue about. For the rest of us, we get to delve deep into the Goodman band's treasure trove with "Flying Home," "Rose Room," "Memories of You," "AC-DC Current" -- with a killer Lionel Hampton vibes solo, as well as Christian's fat-shaped chords that sound downright funky -- "Gone With What Wind," and more masters with those slippery solos and lilting clarinets. Plus, we get nine alternate takes just on disc one. Disc two brings Lester Young and Buck Clayton to the Goodman sextet, as well as players like Georgie Auld and Cootie Williams. These sides in 1940 are the most cooking, as Christian has to actually get in and mix it up with the horns. Among the most noteworthy are "Ad Lib Blues," "Lester's Dream," "Wholly Cats," and "Royal Garden Blues." The alternates are three takes of "Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me)" and two of "Good Enough to Keep (Air Mail Special)," which must have been hell to pick between for the original issues -- they all smoke. Disc three puts the Goodman sextet in a new groove, with Count Basie making the scene briefly with Williams and Auld. The trading of fours between Basie and Christian on "Breakfast Feud" -- of which there are even steamier alternate takes -- is one of the highlights of either's career, and the only place on record where Goodman himself gets lost in the beat. Finally, disc four presents the Goodman Orchestra, Metronome All-Star Review, and his own big band. The sheer talent on these sides is dizzying to even list: Gene Krupa, Harry James, Jack Teagarden, Benny Carter, Pete Mondello, Fletcher Henderson, and on. Christian shines on all of these sides. Backed by a rhythm guitarist (acoustic), and a big rhythm section, his solos are wracked with fluttering arpeggios that seem to meander before sideswiping the listener with their on-target incision into the melodic framework of the tune and their absolutely in-the-pocket sense of time. Along with alternate takes, there are sextet false starts and breakdowns included, as well as the Goodman Orchestra's rehearsals. The fourth is easily the most exhausting disc of the set to listen through, but it also has the most astonishing music. This set is an archivist's dream, to be sure, but it nonetheless offers the rest of listeners plenty as well: a complete education in Goodman, as well as Christian and the eras, and to be sure, the most potent music outside the Ellington band from those years. In addition, Peter Broadbent's encyclopedic biographical notes and Loren Schoenberg' s obsessively (yes, that's a good thing) musical notes make for an indispensable package both historically and aesthetically.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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