On this Catalina Casino broadcast of Honeysuckle Rose,
Charlie Christian begins his solo with the same line he uses for his intros on AC-DC
Current albeit with different timing. This solo also has pedal tones with
descending notesat mm 5 thru 7but quite different from the other versions of
the tune. Theres an uncommon four-note figure at bar 8 that begins a common CC
lick on the next two measures. The isolated figure at bar 16 is also unusual.
On the bridge, the two lines on mm 17-19 and 20-22 are very closely related to the one
at mm 8-10. Charles begins the second one with a five-fret ascending slide (the
second note is not struck), anticipating the actual chord change by a full measure.
Both lines end with similar tripletsunusual for CC who likes to vary his
improvisations. At bar 23 theres a descending finger-drag (the second note is
also struck) to start the phrase that closes the bridge. He finishes the solo with
well-known phrases that begin with an unexpected four-fret swoop at the beginning of bar
Although this an incomplete recording of very poor quality, Charles solo is
intact. It is the least known of the five versions of this tuneit wasnt
publicly released until 1993 by Frances Media7 on their Masters of Jazz label and
has only appeared on two other CDs since then.