Charlie Christian

Solo Flight (1939-1941)

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Charlie Christian, who died in 1942 at the age of 25, was the first important electric guitarist, and his solos would be the basis of jazz guitar for the next 25 years. This CD is filled with live performances (mostly from radio shows) of the Benny Goodman Sextet featuring Christian solos on every track. With such sidemen as vibraphonist Lionel Hampton and later tenor saxophonist Georgie Auld and trumpeter Cootie Williams, this unit was a perfect outlet for both Christian and Benny Goodman. And, in addition to a big band performance of "Solo Flight" (virtually a tour-de-force for the guitarist), there are five selections from a remarkable all-star group comprised of Goodman, Christian, trumpeter Buck Clayton, Lester Young on tenor, and Count Basie along with his rhythm section. This CD is highly recommended as an example of some of the very best in small-group swing and as a tribute to Charlie Christian's highly influential style.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:12
2 2:59
3 2:57
4 2:24
5 3:05
6 2:31
7 3:28
8 4:01
9 2:21
10 2:41
11 2:27
12 3:45
13 3:01
14 3:15
15 3:18
16 3:19
17 3:43
18 3:41
19 5:01
20 3:17
21 2:58
22 2:36
23 2:53
24 2:40
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