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FLYING HOME
 
Aircheck
 
OCTOBER  16,  1939     Monday WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL, NYC
“Empire Room”
Mutual Radio Network / WOR
 

 
  32  BARS    (AABA) Key of   E Quarter Note =   166 Time:   3:10
 
 
  4-Bar Intro  +  4  CHORUSES:
 
      4  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)
 
 

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

Composed by: Charlie Christian - Leslie Sheffield - Lionel Hampton
 
©   VALDÉS   5/12/18


 

Transcription Page:     Flying Home  —  16 October 1939

 



C
&A:

This was the fourth time Flying Home was recorded this month (Charlie Christian’s only October with the sextet, by the way).  Charles is now on a broadcast emanating from the ‘Empire Room’ at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

The usual four-note phrases begin the guitar solo.  Then a bit further on, we hear the now familiar E♭dim7 sequence spanning mm 12 and 13.  A diatonically transposed adaptation of the two opening four-note phrases makes an appearance at measure 15.

Uncharacteristically the bridge doesn’t have the usual exhilaration;   instead, Charles makes this a melodic excursion – indeed, a very pretty passage.

On the next four bars he is more unrestrained using repeated notes on alternate strings – lively, and guitaristicly interesting.  The final four measures conclude the solo with more alternating strings but very much different from the immediately preceding application.  This last sequence is a slightly adjusted edition of those found on the last two recorded versions of the tune.

The final time Flying Home was recorded in the month of October 1939 but still more would follow later on.
 



 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ LP ] Spook Jazz SPJ 6602 (side A, track 2)
 
  [ CD ] Definitive DRCD11177 (disc 1, track 12)
    JSP Records JSP909 (disc 1, track 12)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 24 (track 17)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 9004 (disc 1, track 17)
    Suisa JZCD 379 (track 4)
    Uptown UPCD 27.63 (track 8)
   
   

 



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