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GOOD ENOUGH TO KEEP
 
Aircheck
 
MARCH  17,  1941     Monday “WHAT’S NEW? – THE OLD GOLD SHOW”
NBC Radio Network / WJZ
Manhattan Center,  NYC
 

 
  32  BARS    (AABA) Key of   C Quarter Note =   222 Time:   3:01
 
 
  5  CHORUSES  +  8-Bar Tag:
 
  •   1  chor  –  CC & ensemble (Theme)  
 
    1  chor  –  CC    
 
      1  chor  –  clarinet (over ens riffs except on break)
 
      1  chor  –  trumpet    
 
  • 16  bars  –  tenor sax (over CC & ens riffs)
  •   8  bars  –  CC & ensemble (riffs) [bridge]
  •   8  bars  –  CC & ensemble (riffs)  
  •   8  bars  –  CC & ensemble (riffs) [coda]
 
 

 
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
 
 

Composed by: Charlie Christian
 
©   VALDΙS   1/6/19


 

Good Enough to Keep  —  17 March 1941 —  “What’s New? – The Old Gold Show”

        First Page:              Theme

        Second Page:       Guitar Solo

        Third Page:             Riffs & Ride-Out

 



C&A:

This version is shortened a bit from the studio takes four days earlier:  the tenor sax gets only 16 bars rather than 32, but then the A section after the bridge is increased to 16 bars instead of eight.

Charlie Christian begins his solo with a virtual clone of the first four bars of the first take of the studio session four days prior – the sequence is well worthy of the repeat and, though rather common, it suits the opening theme admirably.  Excellent long runs on the bridge are the crowning highlight here.  The last four bars are a clever variation on what would be a normally familiar, closing statement.

This solo is somehow reminiscent of the Charles of a year and a half earlier – possibly could (also) be due to the Fletcheresque piano accompaniment.

  LISTEN   Guitar Solo:


 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [LP] Festival ALB 377 (side D, track 4)
    Jazz Anthology JA 5181 (side B, track 4)
    Jazz Archives JA-23 (side B, track 4)
 
  [CD] Archives of Jazz 380123 2 (track 12)
    Archives of Jazz 389123 2 (track 12)
    Definitive DRCD11177 (disc 3, track 19)
    Definitive DRCD11386 (track 13)
    Fuel 2000 302 061 755 2 (tracks 13 & 20)
    Galaxy 3899442 (track 12)
    Jazz Classics JZCL-5005 (disc 1, track 21)
    JSP JSP909 (disc 3, track 19)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 75 (track 3)
    Music Memoria 87998 2 (disc 2, track 10)
    Norma NOCD5657 (track 17)
    Phoenix 131606 (track 13)
    Proper P1492 (track 9)
    Proper PROPERBOX 98 (disc 4, track 9)
    Stardust CLP 1150-2 (track 12)
    Vintage Jazz Classics VJC-1021-2 (track 21)
 

 



 

 


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