Charlie Christian

Charlie Christian - Selected Solos From the Father of Modern Jazz Guitar

compiled/transcribed by Chip Henderson
sku: 20-45267

For many, the story of jazz guitar begins with Charlie Christian. In 1939, at 23 years old, Charlie joined the Bennie Goodman Sextet, one of the most famous jazz bands in the world. Over the next 2 years he redefined the role of jazz guitar, expanding it from the rhythm section to a lead instrument on par with the great horn players. This book provides multiple examples of his soloing for each song. Comparing and contrasting these different solos - from alternate takes, various recording sessions, and live radio broadcasts - gives you a better sense of Charlie's core concepts and how he developed a variety of ideas. Each song is presented with performance notes including information about the recordings (date, place, personnel, etc.), a lead sheet for the composition, and transcriptions of the live and studio performances. Plus a full analysis of his improvisation style, a bio, a discussion of his gear, and tributes from over 30 jazz greats. Note/tab. 104 pp.

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  • Preface 
  • Introduction 
  • How to Use This Book 
  • Brief Biography of Charlie Christian 
  • Equipment Used by Charlie Christian with Goodman 
  • Christian's Approach to Improvisation 
  • As Long as I Live 
  • Benny's Bugle 
  • Boy Meets Goy (Grand Slam) 
  • Flying Home 
  • Gone with "What" Wind 
  • Good Enough to Keep (Air Mail Special) 
  • Honeysuckle Rose 
  • I've Found a New Baby 
  • Rose Room 
  • The Sheik of Araby 
  • Guitarists' Thoughts on Charlie Christian 
  • Acknowledgments 
  • About the Transcriber