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  4-BARS  +  8-BARS  “BLUES” Key of   G Quarter Note =   196 Time:   2:27
    4  bars  –  CC Intro (unaccompanied)
    8  bars  –  CC  &  ensemble Theme Riffs
    4  bars  –  CC   (unaccompanied)
    8  bars  –  CC  &  ensemble Theme Riffs
      4  bars  –  vibes (w/ drums on last 2 bars)
      8  bars  –  clarinet;  vibes riffs
      4  bars  –  vibes (unaccompanied)
      8  bars  –  clarinet;  vibes riffs
      4  bars  –  clarinet (w/ drums on last 2 bars)
      8  bars  –  clarinet;  vibes riffs
      4  bars  –  clarinet (unaccompanied)
      8  bars  –  clarinet;  vibes riffs
      2  bars  –  bass (unaccompanied) “Hi-Ho, Bernstein”
      2  bars  –  drums (unaccompanied)
      8  bars  –  clarinet;  vibes riffs
    4  bars  –  CC chords (w/ drums on last 3 bars)
      8  bars  –  clarinet;  vibes riffs
      8  bars  –  clarinet;  vibes riffs
    8  bars  –  CC  &  ensemble Theme Riffs
    8  bars  –  CC  &  ensemble Theme Riffs
    [applause;  MC identifies tune]
a Jerry Newhouse recording 

  Benny Goodman Sextet
  BENNY GOODMAN clarinet

Composed by: Charlie Christian - Lionel Hampton
©   VALDÉS   7/4/18


Transcription Page:     AC-DC Current  —  27 November 1939



The sextet treats this piece similarly on all its renditions with little space for proper solos.  Mostly four-bar breaks with the theme repeated three times and short solo statements sprinkled here and there.  It’s a slightly-modified blues that often wells up into a boogie beat.

All five recordings of AC-DC Current start out with the same guitar intro without noticeable variation.  Charlie Christian incorporated this intro sequence into his solos on a few other tunes.

The first guitar solo on the first three versions are effectually analogous.  This four-bar break follows immediately after the initial theme and may be of keen interest to guitarists in the interplay between the twelfth fret and open string;  and in the variation in detail between the three samples.  At this first guitar break, the studio take contains what some would consider the only bona fide CC solo on AC-DC Current.

On the next guitar break, with the exception of pre-bent-note scales on the initial version of the tune, beginning with the Nov 27th rendition the solos all contain the same double-stop accentuations where Charles bends the lower note.  Comparable to those he played on his intro and the out chorus on Shivers earlier in the month.

A unison break by guitar and ensemble is introduced on the later studio version which, incidentally, was not originally released – not until over a decade later, on EP.  The second half of the sequence is a familiar CC run.  The order of appearance of the double-stop and the unison readings are reversed on the final rendering.

A novel Christian-Hampton composition presented with much jubilation but not the sextet’s best outing.  Goodman seems to have been fond of it while Hampton was in the sextet.  Still, it’s good to have a sampling of CC’s unique twelfth-fret / open-string interplay.

All but the last recording of this tune took place in New York City within a three-month period.  The last one was performed at the end their four-month tour of the West Coast;  after that date on Santa Catalina Island the band would take a four-month hiatus before regrouping back East at their home base.

  AC-DC Current  1 14 Oct 1939 “Camel Caravan”
  AC-DC Current  2 27 Nov 1939 Waldorf-Astoria
  AC-DC Current  3 2 Dec 1939 “Camel Caravan”
  AC-DC Current  4 20 Dec 1939 WCO 26355 A
  AC-DC Current  5 30 Jun 1940 Santa Catalina

Issued Recordings:
  [ LP ] Amiga Jazz 8 50 061 (side B, track 5)
    I Giganti del Jazz GJ-4 (side A, track 3)
    I Giganti del Jazz HMJ 1 (side A, track 3)
    Jazz Archives JA-42 * (side B, track 1)
    Verve 2683 055 (side B, track 3)
    Verve 2683 065 (side A, track 5)
  [ CD ] Best of Jazz 4032 (track 5)
    Definitive DRCD11177 (disc 1, track 17)
    Drive 3506 (track 15)
    Jazz Classics JZCL-5005 * (disc 1, track 4)
    JSP Records JSP909 (disc 1, track 18)
    Makin’ Friends / BMG 14170 2 * (disc 1, track 17)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 29 (track 9)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 9004 (disc 2, track 9)
    Saga Jazz 066 449-2 (track 19)
    Uptown UPCD 27.63 (track 11)
    Vintage Jazz Classics VJC-1021-2 * (track 4)
  *  [LP]  JA-42;  [CD]  14170-2,  JZCL-5005,  VJC-1021-2  incorrectly list the date of another version of this tune.


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