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FLYING HOME
 
Aircheck
 
FEBRUARY  19,  1941     Wednesday “AMERICA IN SWINGTIME”
second annual  American Music Festival
Municipal Broadcasting System (WNYC),  NYC
 

 
  32  BARS    (AABA) Key of   Eb Quarter Note =   164 Time:   4:00
 
 
  4-Bar Intro  +  5  CHORUSES:
 
      4  bars  –  piano (Intro)
 
    16  bars  –  CC & ens (Theme)
      8  bars  –  clarinet
      8  bars  –  CC & ens (Theme)
 
  32  bars  –  CC
 
    16  bars  –  trumpet (over CC chord accents)
      8  bars  –  tenor sax (over CC & ens riffs)
      8  bars  –  trumpet (over CC chord accents)
 
    32  bars  –  piano
 
    16  bars  –  CC & ens (Riffs)
      8  bars  –  bass (over CC chord accents)
      8  bars  –  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
  ARTIE BERNSTEIN bass
  DAVE TOUGH drums
 
 

 
Issued Recordings:
 
  < unissued >
 
 

Composed by: Charlie Christian - Leslie Sheffield - Lionel Hampton - Benny Goodman - Eddie DeLange
 
©   VALDÉS   3/17/17

 


 

Transcription Page:     Flying Home  —  19 February 1941

 



C&A:

Broadcast from Manhattan on radio station WNYC’s second annual American Music Festival program, this may be the best version of Flying Home.  Best version or not, the reason that the transcription is included here at this time is that this particular recording has never been released.

Charles begins his solo with a very familiar Flying Home four-bar sequence.  The first two-bar phrase of that sequence appears on nine of his dozen extant Flying Home solos.  Those acquainted with the original master take can find the entire four bars at the start of the second A-section (mm 9-12) of that solo.  I would say it works well for him.

From there on it is one creative idea after another – most are unique and materialize at a rate faster than the listener can assimilate the preceding one.  A brilliant and inspired solo on an exceptional radio studio gig.

This version of Flying Home encompasses five choruses whereas all others include only four.  CC’s solo is followed by a Cootie solo chorus (with a Georgie break) and then a chorus of Guarnieri’s piano rather than the customary single vibes solo by Hampton who has now departed the combo.  Charles’ showpiece is normally shared with only one other soloist.

This “America in Swingtime” archived session was re-broadcast on October 3, 2012 for the first time since the original 1941 broadcast.  The complete aircheck has never been released in any other format.

 



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