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FLYING HOME
 
Aircheck
 
SEPTEMBER  9,  1939     Saturday “CAMEL CARAVAN”
NBC Radio Network / WEAF
Radio City Studios,  NYC
 

 
  32  BARS    (AABA) Key of   Eb Quarter Note =   178 Time:   3:10
 
 
  MC (over Intro):  “That’s the new group within the band, the sextet—Lionel Hampton at the vibraharp, Fletcher Henderson at piano, Arthur Bernstein at the bass, Nick Fatool at the drums, Charles Christian at the guitar, and Benny at clarinet.  The selection is one we’ve been asked to repeat since the debut of three weeks ago—Flying Home.”
 
 
  12-Bar Intro  +  4  CHORUSES:
 
      12  bars  –  piano (Intro)
 
    16  bars  –  CC & ens (Theme)
      8  bars  –  clarinet
      8  bars  –  CC & ens (Theme)
 
  32  bars  –  CC
 
    16  bars  –  vibes (over CC chord accents)
      8  bars  –  vibes (over CC riffs)
      8  bars  –  vibes (over CC chord accents)
 
    16  bars  –  CC & ens (Riffs)
      8  bars  –  clarinet
      8  bars  –  CC & ens (Riffs)
 
 
  [applause]
 

 
Personnel:
 
  Benny Goodman Sextet
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  BENNY GOODMAN clarinet
  LIONEL HAMPTON vibes
  FLETCHER HENDERSON piano
  ARTIE BERNSTEIN bass
  NICK FATOOL drums
 
 

 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ CD ] Definitive DRCD11177 (disc 1, track 3)
    Definitive DRCD11386 (track 2)
    Fuel 2000 302 061 755 2 (track 2)
    JSP Records JSP909 (disc 1, track 3)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 189 (track 2)
    Mr. Music MMCD-7040 (track 5)
    Phontastic NCD 8845/8846 (disc 2, track 16)
 

Composed by: Charlie Christian - Leslie Sheffield - Lionel Hampton - Benny Goodman - Eddie DeLange
 
©   VALDÉS   10/6/04


 

Transcription Page:     Flying Home  —  9 September 1939

 



C
&A:

This second version of Flying Home also comes via one of the “Camel Caravan” weekly broadcasts – this time from the station’s main radio studio in Manhattan rather than the Hollywood outdoor venue of three weeks earlier.  It’s a very different rendition of the tune, distinct from both the earlier one and also the forthcoming studio performances the next month.

This time, Charles begins his solo by twirling the same basic phrase into three different configurations.  The bridge, in effect, is introduced three bars early and then arrives with a big downward swoop into the lower regions of the fretboard – very effective and a contrast against the rest of the chorus which mostly takes place high up on the scale.

The three 8-bar A-sections (i.e., discounting the bridge) of his solos on Flying Home take place higher up than on most other tunes.  Those A-sections are basically all in Eb dressed up every two beats with closely related chords – CC treats them as straight Eb with an occasional minor-scale turn.  Considering the limited harmony of much this tune, there are many ideas here that are dissimilar to his other interpretations.

 



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