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GOOD MORNING BLUES
 
Concert
 
DECEMBER  24,  1939     Sunday “FROM SPIRITUALS TO SWING”  CONCERT
CARNEGIE HALL,  NYC
 

 
  12-BAR BLUES Key of   F Quarter Note =   100 Time:   3:39
 
 
  4-Bar  Intro  +  7  CHORUSES:
 
      4 bars   –  bass & drums (Intro)
 
    12 bars  –   trumpet (Theme) (over ts obbl)
 
    24 bars  –   tenor sax
 
  24 bars  –   CC
 
    24 bars  –   trumpet (over ts obbl)
 
 

 
Personnel:
 
  Kansas City Six
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  LESTER YOUNG tenor sax
  BUCK CLAYTON trumpet
  FREDDIE GREEN guitar
  WALTER PAGE bass
  JO JONES drums
 
 

Composed by: Count Basie - Eddie Durham - Jimmy Rushing
 
©  VALDÉS   12/10/00


 

Transcription Page:     Good Morning Blues

 



C&A:

Christmas eve 1939 at Carnegie Hall in the select company of the best bluesmen in the business.  The “Kansas City Six” played two slow blues and a very up-tempo 28-bar tune at this “From Spirituals to Swing” concert.  Good Morning Blues was first with Prez taking an excellent solo on the two choruses preceding Charlie Christian’s solo.

Charles’ two-chorus solo is absolutely exquisite.  Lots of triplets and sixteenth-note runs in just the right places with lots of rhythmic surprises everywhere beginning with two in the very first two measures.  Lots of blue notes–G♯ (A♭) preceding the A, a flat-nine here and a sharp-five there, a dim7 leading to the dom7 at bar 8 and a B♭m resolving to the Fmaj at the end of each chorus.  Then there’s that beautiful sequence that leads off the second chorus—what absolute perfection.

Freddie Green provides Charles with superb rhythm guitar backing.  Transcendent moments.

After CC’s solo, a two-chorus trumpet solo winds up the tune and the Kansas City Six (half of whose members had roots in Oklahoma City) goes on to play the other blues number, Paging the Devil.  That was followed by a wild Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, an A (8 bars) / B (12 bars) / C (8 bars) -structured tune on which Charlie Christian played his fastest recorded solo.



 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ LP ] Amiga / Amiga Jazz 8 50 060 (side B, track 1)
    CBS 51 West Q 16007 (side B, track 6)
    Fontana FJL 401 (side B, track 1)
    Fontana TFL 5187 (side B, track 1)
    Jazztone J-1248 (side B, track 1)
    Musica Jazz 2MJP 1058 (side A, track 7)
    Top Rank 35/064 (side B, track 1)
    Vanguard VRS-8523 (side B, track 1)
    Vanguard VSD-47 (side B, track 1)
    Vogue VJD 550 (side B, track 1)
 
  [ CD ] BD Jazz JZBD022 (disc 2, track 8)
    Definitive DRCD11122 (track 1)
    Definitive DRCD11177 (disc 2, track 9)
    Definitive DRCD11182 (disc 2, track 17)
    Disconforme GV1359 (track 1)
    Dreyfus Jazz FDM 36715-2 (track 11)
    Frémeaux FA 210 (disc 2, track 17)
    Frémeaux FA 218 (disc 1, track 9)
    Fuel 2000 302 061 167 2 (track 2)
    Jasmine JASMCD 2600 (track 9)
    JSP Records JSP909 (disc 2, track 9)
    Le Chant du Monde 274 1459.60 (disc 1, track 13)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 29 (track 19)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 47 (track 2)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 9004 (disc 2, track 19)
    Masters of Jazz R2CD 8004 (disc 1, track 10)
    Membran 232094 [see Album Index]
    Membran 232568 [see Album Index]
    Music Memoria 87998 2 (disc 1, track 8)
    Music Memoria 88048 2 (disc 2, track 6)
    Primo / Proper PRMCD 6092 (disc 2, track 12)
    Proper P1489 (track 15)
    Proper PROPERBOX 98 (disc 3, track 15)
    Vanguard 169/71-2 (disc 3, track 16)
    Vanguard VCD2-47/48 (disc 1, track 9)
    Vanguard VMD-79553 (track 15)
    Warner Music France 3007-2 (track 8)
 

 



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