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GONE WITH WHAT DRAFT
(GILLY)
 
mx  CO 29261-x
 
DECEMBER  19,  1940     Thursday Columbia Studios,  NYC
 

 
  32  BARS    (AABA) Key of   F Quarter Note =   228 Time:   1:28
  w/  12  BAR  CADENZA
 
 
  4-Bar Intro  +  2  CHORUSES  +  12-Bar  CADENZA  +  2  BARS:     (Breakdown)
 
    4  bars  –  CC (Intro)  
 
  16  bars  –  trumpet (Theme) (over CC & ens riffs)
      8  bars  –  trumpet (Theme)  
    8  bars  –  trumpet (Theme) (over CC & ens riffs)
 
  16  bars  –  clarinet   (over CC & ens riffs)
      8  bars  –  clarinet    
    8  bars  –  clarinet   (over CC & ens riffs)
 
    12-BAR CADENZA
      2  bars  –  ensemble    
    2  bars  –  CC (chords  –  unaccompanied)
      2  bars  –  ensemble    
    2  bars  –  CC (chords  –  unaccompanied)
    4  bars  –  CC (chords  –  over ensemble)
 
    2  bars  –  CC & ensemble (scales)
 
    < breakdown >
 
 

 
Personnel:
 
  Benny Goodman and his Sextet
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  GEORGIE AULD tenor sax
  BENNY GOODMAN clarinet
  COOTIE WILLIAMS trumpet
  KEN KERSEY piano
  ARTIE BERNSTEIN bass
  HARRY JAEGER drums
 
 

Composed by: Charlie Christian - Benny Goodman
  The four 32-bar choruses are based on Honeysuckle Rose chord changes.
  The cadenza is a direct adaptation of Eddie Durham’s 12-bar intro to Avalon (recorded for Decca on 30 Sep 1935 with Jimmie Lunceford & his Orch)
 
©   VALDÉS   1/27/20

 

Transcription

Gone With What Draft   –   19 December 1940

mx CO 29261-x

(breakdown)

 



C&A:

Although two of the four takes of Gone with What Draft that were recorded on this date briefly appeared on advance (d.j.) 78-rpm pressings (takes -1 and -2) all ultimately ended up rejected for commercial release.  Take -2 is the most polished of the lot.  (One take was a breakdown that went on long enough to include Charles’ featured cadenza.)  The talented Kenny Kersey was the pianist on this lengthy recording session.  In 1951, Goodman renamed this tune Gilly to honor a step-daughter.

complete take            CO 29261-1
            (first released in 1951 on Columbia LP “Benny Goodman Combos” as Gilly)

breakdown                CO 29261-x
            (first released in 1993 on Jazz Unlimited CD “The Rehearsal Sessions 1940-41” as Gilly)

complete take            CO 29261-3
            (first released in 1956 on Columbia EP album “Ode to Swing” as Gilly)

complete take            CO 29261-2
            (first released in 1973 on Jazz Archives LP “Charlie Christian / Lester Young – Together, 1940” as Gilly)
 

Claude Carrière:
            in “Charlie Christian Volume 6 1940-1941” Masters of Jazz MJCD 68

… three takes of Gone With What Draft, a piece that Goodman would rechristen Gilly – in honor of one of his daughters-in-law – when it was first issued on LP on 7 September 1951.  This piece, not to be confused with Gone With “What” Wind, does not feature a Charlie Christian solo as such, but does offer two interesting guitar breaks, both largely borrowed from Eddie Durham, who played them in the early part of his arrangement of Avalon recorded by the Jimmie Lunceford orchestra in 1935.  Moreover, these three renderings derive much of their undoubted vitality from the guitar, which immediately sets up a delightfully bouncy tempo, then serves up an infectiously swinging riff behind the clarinet solo, goes on to contribute the two aforementioned breaks, and finally makes a telling contribution to the closing ensembles.

The following month the sextet would again undertake the recording of the tune at another long session for Columbia, with more satisfactory commercial results.

 


 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ CD ] Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 4, track 19)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 4, track 19)
    Jazz Unlimited JUCD 2013 (track 10)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 189 (track 13)
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 4, track 19)
    Sony Music Media SMM 517115 2 (track 8)
 

 



 

 


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