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HONEYSUCKLE ROSE
 
mx  WCO 26290 A
 
NOVEMBER  22,  1939     Wednesday Columbia Studios,  NYC
 

 
  32  BARS    (AABA) Key of   D Quarter Note =   220 Time:   2:59
 
 
  4-Bar  Intro  +  5  CHORUSES:
 
      4  bars  –  orchestra (Intro)
 
      1  chor  –  orchestra (Melody)
 
      1  chor  –  clarinet (over orch)
 
    1  chor  –  CC (over orch)
 
    16  bars  –  trumpet (over orch)
      8  bars  –  clarinet (over orch)
      8  bars  –  orchestra (riffs)
 
      1  chor  –  orchestra (riffs)
 
 

 
Personnel:
 
  Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  TOOTS MONDELLO alto sax
  BUFF ESTES alto sax
  JERRY JEROME tenor sax
  BUS BASSEY tenor sax
  BENNY GOODMAN clarinet
  ZIGGY ELMAN trumpet
  JOHNNY MARTEL trumpet
  JIMMY MAXWELL trumpet
  RED BALLARD trombone
  VERNON BROWN trombone
  TED VESELY trombone
  FLETCHER HENDERSON piano
  ARTIE BERNSTEIN bass
  NICK FATOOL drums
 
  Arranged by FLETCHER HENDERSON
 

Composed by: Fats Waller  (lyrics by Andy Razaf)
 
©   VALDÉS   6/14/99


 

Transcription Page:     Honeysuckle Rose  — 22 November 1939

 



C&A:

An excellent six-chorus Fletcher Henderson arrangement on Honeysuckle Rose for Charlie Christian’s first studio recording with the full Goodman orchestra and the first of several times that he was recorded on this tune.  The orchestra plays behind the soloists throughout the piece.

On the fourth chorus, owing to Charles’ good use of dynamics, his solo starts off with a great line that emerges from within the band.  At bar 6 he plays the root on alternating strings followed by a ♭7 blue note on the third beat.  On mm 9 & 10 there’s a couple of dissonant notes which he emphasizes on beats three (B♭♭) and one (A♭♭), respectively.

Surprisingly CC doesn’t run the bridge changes in his usual manner—instead, his phrasing and rhythm are as on the three A sections, possibly because the band continues to play through the B section.  Right after the bridge, Charles employs a technique at mm 25-27 that he also used at this same point on a later recording of this tune—a pedal root with alternating octaves and Maj7s.   Across mm 30 & 31, he applies a blues bend to a ♭3 (F♭) to appropriately end with a D♭6 phrase.

Exceptional orchestration and guitar solo.



 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ 78 ] Columbia 35319 (b/w BG orch Spring Song)
 
  [ EP ] Columbia B-357 (side A, track 1)
 
  [ LP ] CBS 2BP 220094 (side A, track 4)
    CBS 460062 1 (side B, track 8)
    CBS 62.581 (side B, track 2)
    CBS 67233 (side A, track 4)
    CBS P5 15536 (side B, track 3)
    CBS / Sony 56AP 674-6 (side A, track 8)
    CBS / Sony SOPZ4-6 (side A, track 8)
    Columbia CG 30779 (side A, track 4)
    Columbia CJ 40588 (side B, track 8)
    Columbia CL 524 (side A, track 1)
    Columbia G 30779 (side A, track 4)
    Columbia GL 524 (side A, track 1)
    Columbia JGL 524 (side A, track 1)
    Giants of Jazz LPJT 13 (side A, track 8)
    I Grandi del Jazz GdJ-41 (side B, track 2)
    Joker C 76/6 (side E, track 3)
    Joker SM 4025 (side A, track 3)
 
  [ CD ] ASV / Living Era AJS 2017 (disc 2, track 9)
    Avid AVC 542 (track 25)
    BD Jazz JZBD022 (disc 1, track 5)
    Best of Jazz 4032 (track 4)
    CBS 460062 2 (track 16)
    CBS 467280 2 (disc 1, track 16)
    Classics 1064 (track 22)
    Collectables COL-6487 (track 1)
    Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 4, track 2)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 4, track 2)
    Columbia CK 40588 (track 16)
    Definitive DRCD11176 (disc 2, track 1)
    Dreyfus Jazz FDM 36715-2 (track 15)
    Fine Tune 2245-2 (track 5)
    Giants of Jazz 53049 (track 15)
    Going for a Song GFS561 (track 4)
    Hallmark 30283 2 (track 6)
    Hallmark 33036 2 (disc 2, track 19)
    Hallmark 39117 2 (disc 2, track 6)
    Hep 1059 (track 21)
    History 20.1960-HI (vol. 9, disc 1, track 5)
    History 20.1969-HI (disc 1, track 5)
    Jazz Portraits 14535 (track 3)
    Jazz Roots 56027 (track 3)
    Jazzterdays JTD 102410 (track 8)
    Le Chant du Monde 274 1357.58 (disc 1, track 19)
    Le Chant du Monde 274 1459.60 (disc 1, track 9)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 29 (track 7)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 9004 (disc 2, track 7)
    Masters of Jazz R2CD 8004 (disc 1, track 6)
    Membran 222777 [see Album Index]
    Membran 222800 [see Album Index]
    Membran 232094 [see Album Index]
    Membran 232568 [see Album Index]
    Membran 233423 [see Album Index]
    Mosaic MD7-240 (disc 1, track 11)
    Primo / Proper PRMCD 6092 (disc 1, track 6)
    Proper P1489 (track 8)
    Proper P1535 (track 15)
    Proper PROPERBOX 98 (disc 1, track 8)
    Proper PROPERBOX 109 (disc 3, track 15)
    Proper / musisoft EMCD 21 (track 8)
    Proper / Retro R2CD 40-80 (disc 1, track 11)
    Smithsonian / Folkways SF CD 40820 (disc 2, track 5)
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 4, track 2)
    Sony Music Media SMM 517115 2 (track 13)
    Topaz Jazz TPZ 1017 (track 7)
    United Audio UAE 3510 2 (disc 4, track 14)
    United Audio UAE 3514 2 (track 14)
    Universe / Comet UV 129/2 (disc 2, track 13)
    Warner Music France 3007-2 (track 6)
 

 



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