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mx  CO 29030-1
NOVEMBER  7,  1940     Thursday Columbia Studios,  NYC

  12-BAR  BLUES Key of   B Quarter Note =   196 Time:   3:05
  4-Bar  Intro  +  12  CHORUSES:
    4 bars  –  trumpet (Intro)
    1 chor  –  CC & ensemble (theme riffs)
    2 chor  –  CC
    2 chor  –  piano
    1 chor  –  ensemble (vamp)
    1 chor  –  tenor sax
    1 chor  –  tenor sax (over ens riffs)
    2 chor  –  CC & ensemble (riffs)
    2 chor  –  clarinet (over CC & ens riffs)

  Benny Goodman and his Sextet
  GEORGIE AULD tenor sax
  BENNY GOODMAN clarinet

Composed by: Count Basie - Benny Goodman
©   VALDÉS   2/25/19


Take Six:     Benny’s Bugle    CO 29030-1



On 7 November 1940, six takes (including two incomplete takes) of Benny’s Bugle were recorded at the end of one of the sextet’s long Columbia studio sessions.  Charlie Christian was allocated two 12-bar blues choruses for his solo to follow right after the trumpet intro and one-chorus theme.

As the Benny’s Bugle session progressed the length of the takes increased from 10 choruses on the initial complete take, to 11, then to 12 choruses for the master take.  There’s also a general increase in the tempo as each take is brought forth.

The master (take 6) was released on 78-rpm on March 3, 1941 along with another of the tunes recorded at the same session.  Thirty-some years later, four of the other takes (2 thru 5) were released on LP in 1973 showcasing the guitar solos but spliced and incomplete.  In 1980, a Swedish label released an LP that included one track with four takes (1 thru 4) recorded continuously with all the between-takes aural activity.  Finally, in 2002, Columbia collected and released all the material in their 4-CD, guitar-amp box.

CO 29030-v   (take 1)          – partial –
This isn’t actually a false start or breakdown but a short try-out of the beginning.  Still, it’s an interesting interrupted guitar solo.

CO 29030-W   (take 2)          – 10 choruses –
The tempo has been increased a bit and even knowing this is just a run-though, Charles continued to be just as creative as ever.  He has now adjusted his solo to start on the second beat of the first measure for the remainder of the session.  Do note the unexpected dyad exclamation tossed in on the penultimate bar of his solo.

CO 29030-X   (take 3)          – 11 choruses –
The tempo picks up a little more. Charles plays a strikingly exquisite, long run on mm 6-11 of his second solo chorus ... crested with an octave exclamation point of satisfaction.  Even though there’s an unexpected request for a time check at the start of the following piano solo the sextet continues to the end of the tune.

CO 29030-y   (take 4)          – partial –
This guitar solo on this breakdown doesn’t quite get off to as good a start as the other takes but it’s different and of interest until it’s abruptly brought to a halt.

CO 29030-Z   (take 5)          – 11 choruses –
A swingin’ guitar solo with mostly familiar sequences.  There’s a long, tormented blues note at bar 8 of the first chorus.  Another one of those wonderful, long runs by Charles begins at bar 8 of the second chorus to end the solo.

CO 29030-1   (take 6)          – 12 choruses –
This is a good choice for the master take if one appraises it by the guitar solo – it’s well-paced, well-balanced, well-versed.

  LISTEN   Guitar Solo   sixth take    

Every one of Charles’ Benny’s Bugle solos is quite engaging on this session.  Each solo begins with the same apropos phrasing, then promptly branches off in interesting journeys of their own uniqueness.


Issued Recordings:
  [ 78 ] Columbia 35901 (b/w As Long As I Live)
    V Disc 714B (b/w As Long As I Live)
  [ 45 ] Columbia G 4-2 (G 4-2-3)
  [ EP ] Columbia B-350 (side B, track 1)
[ LP ] CBS 159.028/29 (side C, track 3)
    CBS 177.057 (side B, track 2)
  CBS 2BP 220094 (side C, track 3)
    CBS 460612 1 (side B, track 2)
    CBS 62.581 (side B, track 5)
    CBS 62581 (side B, track 5)
    CBS 67233 (side C, track 3)
    CBS BPG 62581 (side B, track 5)
    CBS LSP 980 721-1 (side B, track 2)
    CBS / Sony 56AP 674~6 (side D, track 7)
    CBS / Sony SOPM 162 (side A, track 3)
    CBS / Sony SOPZ4~6 (side D, track 7)
    Columbia 33SX 1035 (side A, track 3)
    Columbia CG 30779 (side C, track 3)
    Columbia CJ 40846 (side B, track 2)
    Columbia CL 500 (side A, track 3)
    Columbia G 30779 (side C, track 3)
    Columbia GL 500 (side A, track 3)
    Philips BBL 7178 (side B, track 3)
    Sunbeam SB-144 (side A, track 3)
  [ CD ] Acrobat ACTRCD 9103 (disc 3, track 10)
    Armando Curcio Editore DEJ-54 (track 10)
    BD Jazz JZBD022 (disc 1, track 16)
    Best of Jazz 4032 (track 16)
    Better Music / Del Prado JIT016 (track 12)
    Black Bird Black Bird (track 14)
    CBS 460612 2 (track 10)
    Classics 1131 (track 22)
    Collectors’ Choice CCM 3592 2 (disc 1, track 10)
    Columbia 501646 2 (track 10)
    Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 2, track 12)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 2, track 12)
    Columbia/Legacy CK 40846 (track 10)
    Columbia/Legacy CK 86834 (track 6)
    Columbia/Legacy CK 91494 (track 10)
    Definitive DRCD11176 (disc 3, track 4)
    Definitive DRCD11288 (track 10)
    Edel 0193692ERE (track 18)
    Ediciones Del Prado GJ016 (track 12)
    Ediciones Del Prado JB016 (track 12)
    Editions Atlas WIS CD 688 (track 10)
    Giants of Jazz 53049 (track 21)
    Going for a Song GFS561 (track 19)
    History 20.1960-HI [see Album Index]
    History 20.1969-HI [see Album Index]
    Jazz Archives / EPM 15908 2 (track 12)
    Jazz Unlimited JUCD 2013   * (track 1f)
    Jazzterdays JTD 102410 (track 10)
    Le Jazz / Charly CD 11 (track 14)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 67 (track 8)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 189   ** (track 12b)
    Membran 222777 [see Album Index]
    Membran 222800 [see Album Index]
    Membran 232094 [see Album Index]
    Membran 232568 [see Album Index]
    Membran 233423 [see Album Index]
    Nimbus NI 2016 (track 10)
    Past Perfect 205798-203 (track 17)
    Primo / Proper PRMCD 6092 (disc 1, track 19)
    Proper P1490 (track 8)
    Proper PROPERBOX 98 (disc 2, track 8)
    SME / Sony SRCS 9612 (track 10)
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 2, track 12)
    Topaz Jazz / Pavilion TPZ 1017 (track 16)
    Universe UV 129/2 (disc 1, track 22)
    *   [CD]  JUCD 2013 contains the complete rehearsal session from takes CO 29030-v through CO 29030-1 including talk, practice, and tryouts between takes.  Charles’ voice can be heard several times between takes CO 29030-Z and CO 29030-1.

**  [CD]  MJCD 189 contains the rehearsal session from 2:45 before take CO 29030-Z through CO 29030-1 including talk, practice, and tryouts between takes.  Charles’ voice can be heard several times between the two takes.



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