DB Hall of Fame

SOLO  FLIGHT

THE  CHARLIE  CHRISTIAN  LEGACY

DB Hall of Fame


 

 

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
 
 

 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ LP ] CBS 51 West Q 16007
    Fontana FJL 401
    Fontana TFL 5187
    Jazztone J-1248
    Musica Jazz 2MJP 1058
    Top Rank 35/064
    Vogue VJD 550
    Vanguard VRS-8523
    Vanguard VSD-47
 
  [ CD ] BD Jazz JZBD022
    Definitive DRCD11122
    Definitive DRCD11177
    Definitive DRCD11182
    Dreyfus Jazz FDM 36715-2
    Frémeaux FA 218
    Fuel 2000 302 061 167 2
    Jasmine JASMCD 2600
    Le Chant du Monde 274 1459.60
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 29
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 47
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 9004
    Masters of Jazz R2CD 8004
    Music Memoria 87998 2
    Music Memoria 88048 2
    Proper PROPERBOX 98
    Vanguard 169/71-2
    Vanguard VCD2-47/48
    Vanguard VMD-79553
    Warner Music France 3007-2
 
 

Composed by: Count Basie - Eddie Durham - Jimmy Rushing
 
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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# (Ab) preceding the A, a flat-nine here and a sharp-five there, a dim7 leading to the dom7 at bar 8 and a Bbm 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.

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(8mm)/B(12mm)/C(8mm)-structured tune on which Charlie Christian played his fastest recorded solo.

 



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