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FLYING HOME
 
Concert
 
DECEMBER  24,  1939     Sunday “FROM SPIRITUALS TO SWING”  CONCERT
CARNEGIE HALL,  NYC
 

 
  32  BARS    (AABA) Key of   E Quarter Note =   164 Time:   3:15
 
 
  4-Bar Intro  +  4  CHORUSES:
 
      4  bars  –  piano (Intro)
 
    16  bars  –  CC & vibes (Theme)
      8  bars  –  clarinet
      8  bars  –  CC & vibes (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
 
 

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


 

Transcription Page:     Flying Home  —  24 December 1939

 



C
&A:

Charlie Christian starts his solo with the by-now well-known, four-note figure often used on Flying Home – here repeated three times.  Indeed, the first four bars are quite similar to the “Homeward Bound” version before he veers off on an entirely diverse path.

A couple of E♭dim7 runs are inserted in the third four-bar section (mm 9-12).

At mm 15-16 we find a sequence Charles used on occasion but here it is with a exquisitely distinctive lead-in that gives it a very different flavor.  He employed it on Maj and dom7 tracts by traversing just two frets going from a semitone below up to the chord tone (chord tone being on the offbeat) – this sequence reminds me of going a few rungs quickly up a ladder then back down to the landing.

Excellent, exhilarating bridge.  Normally, Charles begins the bridge a beat or two early, here he delays the start by a half-beat then takes it in one virtually unbroken run.  It’s mostly variations on typical CC sequences but it is brilliantly executed.

The whole solo, and the riffing, is inspired.  This may well be the best of the dozen versions of Flying Home as regards the guitar interest.  It’s a beauty.  Final aside:  this is the only version where he foregoes the first chord leading into the next chorus and incorporates the second chord into the last upbeat of his solo chorus.

 



 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ LP ] Amiga / Amiga Jazz 8 50 060 (side A, track 2)
  CBS / 51 West Q 16007 (side A, track 2)
  Fontana FJL 401 (side A, track 2)
  Fontana TFL 5187 (side A, track 2)
  Jazztone J-1248 (side A, track 2)
  Top Rank 35/064 (side A, track 2)
  Vanguard VRS-8523 (side A, track 2)
  Vanguard VSD-47 (side A, track 2)
  Vogue VJD 550 (side A, track 2)
 
  [ CD ] Definitive DRCD11177 (disc 2, track 3)
  Definitive DRCD11182 (disc 2, track 5)
  Frémeaux FA 218 (disc 1, track 5)
  JSP JSP909 (disc 2, track 3)
  Le Chant du Monde 274 1357.58 (disc 1, track 22)
  Le Chant du Monde 274 1448.49 (disc 1, track 5)
  Le Chant du Monde 274 1459.60 (disc 1, track 11)
  Masters of Jazz MJCD 29 (track 15)
  Masters of Jazz MJCD 9004 (disc 2, track 15)
  Masters of Jazz R2CD 8004 (disc 1, track 7)
  Music Memoria 87998 2 (disc 1, track 10)
  Music Memoria 88048 2 (disc 2, track 9)
  Saga Jazz 066 449-2 (track 20)
  Vanguard 169/71-2 (disc 3, track 2)
  Vanguard VCD2-47/48 (disc 1, track 2)
  Vanguard VMD-79553 (track 11)
  Warner Music France 3007-2 (track 7)
   

 



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