Short and Sweet and Lovely. Two
8-bar bridges, encased within trumpet solos, are the only surviving recordings
of Charlie Christian solos on As Long as I Live: studio master and alternate
takes with the sextet on November 7, 1940. The two solos, as expected, are
quite different in conception other than a slight similarity in the brief F
measure and also in the ending C7
on which he executes the master take (-1) in triplets and the first take in
actual eights. The phrase on the Dm of the alternate take (-2) is
exquisitely unique – I don’t believe it occurs on any other of Charles’
recorded solos. Two charming, distinct little gems. Best
of a long recording session.
The first two bars of his solo on the alternate take are priceless.