Charlie Christians solo on the studio-recorded Honeysuckle Rose
from a year before began with a very fluid phrase. His solo on this broadcast begins
much differently with staccato notes and phrases. He seems to be up
for this radio studio performance, apparently delighted with the presence of Cootie
and Basie in the new sextet.
The line at mm 9-11 is much the same as
the one he played at mm 22-24 at the Christmas Eve concert the year before – this time
he turns it rhythmically upside down.
Unlike the unusual bridge on the studio version, here Charles addresses the bridge in
his customary manner. At bar 18 and mm 22-23, CC treats us to some beautifully timed
slides. The phrase at bar 21 is the same as the one on the previous measure but
dressed up in a different way. The piano accompaniment is notably
refreshing here on the bridge.
As at the studio, theres the pedal root with alternating octaves
and Maj7s after the bridge-from measures 24 through 27. The
solo ends with a nice blues line on the final bar. Lovely work of art.