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 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 Six Appeal - Charlie Christian - The Genius Of The Electric Guitar 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 Six Appeal - Charlie Christian - The Genius Of The Electric Guitar 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. These sides in are the most cooking, as Christian has to actually get in and mix it up with the horns. Disc three puts the Goodman sextet in a new groove, Six Appeal - Charlie Christian - The Genius Of The Electric Guitar 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 Bonafied Lovin (Teenagers Remix) - Chromeo - Bonafied Lovin record where Goodman himself gets lost in the beat. Christian shines on all of these sides.
Backed by a rhythm guitarist acousticand 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 Night Train - James Brown - Out Of Sight!
(The Very Best Of James Brown) 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 Goodmanas well as Christian and the eras, and to be sure, the most potent music outside the Ellington band from those years.
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Stream or buy on:. Release Date November 27, Genre Jazz. Track Listing - Disc 1. Flying Home [Master Take]. Charlie Christian. Rose Room [Master Take]. Stardust [Master Take]. Memories of You [Master Take]. Andy Razaf. Soft Winds [Master Follow The Leader - DJ Fred Ones* - Old Skool Mix 86-89. Fletcher Henderson.
Seven Come Eleven [Master Take]. Shivers [Master Take]. Till Tom Special [Master Take]. Gone with What Wind [Master Take]. The Sheik of Araby [Master Take]. Untitled Tune [Master Take]. Poor Butterfly [Master Take]. I Surrender, Dear [Master Take].
Benny Goodman. These Foolish Things [Master Take]. Flying Home. Memories of You. Soft Winds. Gone with What Wind. The Sheik of Araby. I Surrender, Dear. Boy Meets Goy Grand Slam. These Foolish Things. Track Listing - Disc 2. Wholly Cats [Master Take]. Charlie's Dream [Master Take]. I Never Knew [Master Take]. Gus Kahn. Lester's Dream [Master Take].
Royal Garden Blues [Master Take]. Cootie Williams. Benny's Bugle [Master Take]. Gilly [Master Take]. Wholly Cats. Royal Garden Blues. As Long Water Of Love - The Judds - River Of Time I Live.
Track Listing - Disc 3. Breakfast Feud [Master Take]. On the Alamo [Master Take]. Gone with What Draft [Master Take]. A Smo-o-o-oth One [Master Take]. Breakfast Feud. I Found a New Baby. Gone with What Draft. A Smo-o-o-oth One.
Track Listing - Disc 4. All Star Strut [Master Take]. Honeysuckle Rose [Master Take]. Li'l Boy Love [Master Take].
Solo Flight [Master Take]. All Star Strut. Li'l Boy Love. Solo Flight. Untitled Tune [Breakdown]. Poor Butterfly [False Start]. I Surrender, Dear [Breakdown].
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