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THE  CHARLIE  CHRISTIAN  LEGACY

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BREAKFAST FEUD
 
mx  CO 29512-1
 
JANUARY  15,  1941     Wednesday Columbia Studios,  NYC
 

 
  12-BAR  BLUES Key of   Bb Quarter Note =   210 Time:   3:02
 
 
  13  CHORUSES  +  4-Bar  Tag:
 
    24  bars  –  trumpet w/ CC & ens (Theme)
 
    24  bars  –  trumpet (over CC & ensemble riffs)
 
    24  bars  –  clarinet
 
    24  bars  –  piano (over ensemble riffs)
 
    4  bars  –  ensemble (Refrain)
    8  bars  –  CC
  12  bars  –  CC
 
      4  bars  –  ensemble (Refrain)
      8  bars  –  tenor sax
    12  bars  –  tenor sax
 
    12  bars  –  trumpet w/ CC & ens (Theme)
 
    4  bars  –  CC & ensemble (improvised Tag)
 

 
Personnel:
 
  Benny Goodman and his Sextet
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  GEORGIE AULD tenor sax
  BENNY GOODMAN clarinet
  COOTIE WILLIAMS trumpet
  COUNT BASIE piano
  ARTIE BERNSTEIN bass
  JO JONES drums
 
 

 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ LP ] BLU-DISC T-1006
    CBS 460612 1
    Columbia CJ 40846
    Phontastic NOST 7612
 
  [ CD ] Catfish KATCD196
    CBS 460612 2
    Columbia 501646 2
    Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 3, track 17)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 3, track 17)
    Columbia CK 40846
    Columbia CK 91494
    Definitive DRCD11176 (disc 4, track 2)
    Definitive DRCD11228
    Giants of Jazz 53049
    Going for a Song GFS561
    History 20.1960-HI
    History 20.1969-HI
    Jazz Forever 67041
    Jazz Greats MC 027 (track 11)
    Jazz Portraits 14545
    Jazz Roots 56059
    Jazz Unlimited JUCD 2013 (track 17)
    Jazzterdays JTD 102410
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 68 (track 7)
    Past Perfect 205798-203
    Phontastic NCD 8822
    SME / Sony SRCS 9612
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 3, track 17)
    Topaz Jazz TPZ 1017
 
  Spliced & Incomplete:     *
  [ LP ] CBS 2BP 220094 (side 4, track 1)
    CBS 67233 (side 4, track 1)
    CBS / Sony 56AP 674-6 (side 5, track 4)
    CBS / Sony SOPZ4-6 (side 5, track 4)
    Columbia CG 30779 (side 4, track 1)
    Columbia G 30779 (side 4, track 1)
   
  * contain only the last 5 choruses and the tag from this take spliced with other takes.
 
  Spliced & Incomplete:     **
  [ LP ] Smithsonian/CBS P6 11891
  [ CD ] Smithsonian/CBS RD 033
   
  ** contain only the 2 CC solo choruses from this take spliced with other takes.
 

Composed by: Benny Goodman
 
© VALDÉS   2/10/2003

 


 

Transcription Page:     Breakfast Feud

 



C&A:

Charlie Christian’s solo on this take of Breakfast Feud is especially interesting for the lyrical/rhythmic approach, tremendous drive, and innovative fretwork that he maintains at such a high level of creativity from start to finish…on such a simple harmonic base.  This alternate take has been reissued more often than the master—presumably because it has the best solo of the eleven versions that he recorded on this particular twelve-bar blues.

The first four bars of CC’s first chorus is an ascending, lead-in refrain played by the ensemble.  The refrain sounds like it was either composed by Charles or borrowed from one of his licks.  After the refrain, it’s fascinating to hear how he will open a solo that begins on the fifth bar rather than on the first.

CC enters this solo on the third beat of the fourth measure with one of his usual lines but throwing in two beats of Bb6 in the middle of the Eb13.   Melodic mm 7-8, then bluesy b7 at bar 9, alternating strings introduce the second chorus, two beats of Ebm (bar 2 of second chorus), blues b7 again (at bar 4).  There’s a long, slow slide at bar 7 followed by alternating strings leading to a short but very nicely placed diminished run (bar 9) capped by alternating octaves/pedal tone.

The freely improvised four-bar tag that closes out the tune has CC playing a Bbdim7 ascending from the 3rd fret to the 14th fret in the first bar and a half.

 



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