DB Hall of Fame

SOLO  FLIGHT

THE  CHARLIE  CHRISTIAN  LEGACY

DB Hall of Fame


 

 

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

 
  32 BARS    (AABA) Key of   Db Quarter Note =   216 Time:   3:47
 
 
  12-Bar Intro  +   6  CHORUSES:
 
    4 bars  –  CC (Intro riffs)
    4 bars  –  CC,  clt (Intro riffs)
    4 bars  –  CC,  clt,  vib (Intro riffs)
 
      1 chor  –  clarinet (Melody) (over vib obbl)
 
    1 chor  –  CC
 
      1 chor  –  piano
 
      1 chor  –  vibes
 
      1 chor  –  clarinet (over vib obbl)
 
  16 bars  –  CC,  vib,  clt (riffs) [as on Intro]
    8 bars  –  CC,  vib,  clt (arpeggios)
    8 bars  –  CC,  vib,  clt (riffs) [as on Intro]
 
 

 
Personnel:
 
  Benny Goodman Sextet
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  BENNY GOODMAN clarinet
  LIONEL HAMPTON vibes
  FLETCHER HENDERSON piano
  ARTIE BERNSTEIN bass
  NICK FATOOL drums
 
 

 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ LP ] CBS / 51 West Q 16007
  Fontana FJL 402
  Fontana TFL 5187
  Top Rank 35/065
  Vanguard VRS-8524
  Vanguard VSD-48
  Vogue VJD 550
 
  [ CD ] Definitive DRCD11177 (disc 2, track 6)
  Definitive DRCD11182
  Frémeaux FA 218
  JSP JSP909 (disc 2, track 6)
  Masters of Jazz MJCD 29 (track 17)
  Masters of Jazz MJCD 9004 (disc 2, track 17)
  Music Memoria 87998 2 (disc 1, track 12)
  Music Memoria 88048 2
  Proper PROPERBOX 98 (disc 3, track 13)
  Saga Jazz 066 449-2
  Vanguard 169/71-2
  Vanguard VCD2-47/48
  Vanguard VMD-79553
 
 

Composed by: Fats Waller - Andy Razaf
 
©   VALDÉS   5/8/00

 


 

First Page:         Intro

Second Page:   Guitar Solo

Third Page:       Out Chorus

 



C&A:

Charlie Christian’s first live solo on Honeysuckle Rose is another gem.  Measures 8 and 9 have the pedal root, octave, Maj7 that he played a month before but this time it’s not repeated for three bars—and it’s not right after the bridge as is usual.  This is where Charles really gets going on his solo.

An excellent bridge where at bar 18 he plays a couple of open-string notes to set himself up for another pedal root, this time with four ascending chromatic notes.  CC closes the bridge out with a beautiful slide at bar 22 followed by a familiar lick containing another open string.

There are several repeated Bbs played on alternating strings at mm 26-28 before Charles dances his way out on the last three measures.

 



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