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BENNY’S BUGLE
 
Aircheck
 
MAY  28,  1941     Wednesday “MONTE PROSER DANCE CARNIVAL”
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN,  NYC
Mutual Radio Network
 

 
  12-BAR  BLUES Key of   B Quarter Note =   244 Time:   2:54
 
 
  MC summons Goodman.  Goodman introduces the sextet:
“Charlie Christian at the electric guitar … a little bit of  Benny’s Bugle.  All right, take it will you, Coot.”
 
 
  4-Bar  Intro  +  14  CHORUSES:
 
    4 bars  –  trumpet (Intro)
 
    1 chor  –  CC & ensemble (theme riffs)
 
    1 chor  –  CC (over theme riffs)
    1 chor  –  CC
 
    2 chor  –  clarinet (over ens riffs)
 
    1 chor  –  piano
 
    1 chor  –  ensemble (vamp)
 
    2 chor  –  tenor sax
 
    1 chor  –  CC & ensemble (riffs)
 
    4 chor  –  clarinet (over CC & ens riffs)
 
 

 
Personnel:
 
  Benny Goodman and his Sextet
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  GEORGIE AULD tenor sax
  BENNY GOODMAN clarinet
  COOTIE WILLIAMS trumpet
  JOHNNY GUARNIERI piano
  WALTER IOOSS bass
  NICK FATOOL drums
 
 

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


 

Benny’s Bugle:                      “The Monte Proser Dance Carnival”

First Page:          Solo

Second Page:     Riffs

 



C&A:

This last version of Benny’s Bugle is from one of the “Monte Proser Dance Carnival” radio broadcasts at Madison Square Garden.  It had been half-a-year since the last recording of the tune and Johnny Guarnieri had now replaced Count Basie at piano.  Yet another chorus had been added to the routine and the tempo was cranked up to the upper limits of the sextet’s repertoire which didn’t leave much leeway for the usual nuances in Charles’ solos.

Even at that pace, the very first sequence (mm 3-6) is quite interesting in its concept, contours, and execution.  As on the previous aircheck, the ensemble riffs behind the first CC solo chorus.  Another stunning run gets off the second guitar-solo chorus (mm 1-5) at the lickety-split tempo.

The transcription (without tab) of the last four choruses of riffs is actually a depiction of the first of the four choruses, plus the last bar of the tune.

  LISTEN   Guitar Solo    
 


 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ LP ] Festival ALB 377 (side D, track 7)
    Jazz Anthology JA 5181 (side B, track 7)
    Jazz Archives JA-23 (side B, track 7)
 
  [ CD ] Archives of Jazz 380123 2 (track 15)
    Archives of Jazz 389123 2 (track 15)
    Definitive DRCD11177 (disc 4, track 12)
    Definitive DRCD11386 (track 17)
    Galaxy 3899442 (track 15)
    JSP JSP909 (disc 4, track 12)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 75 (track 16)
    Proper P1492 (track 18)
    Proper PROPERBOX 98 (disc 4, track 18)
    Stardust CLP 1150-2 (track 8)
 
 
  Incomplete:
    these releases excise the last two choruses of the closing riffs:
 
  [ CD ] Jazz Classics JZCL-5005 (disc 1, track 23)
    Music Memoria 87998 2 (disc 2, track 18)
    Vintage Jazz Classics VJC-1021-2 (track 23)
 

 



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