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

 
  32  BARS    (AABA) Key of   Db 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
 

 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ 78 ] Columbia 35319
 
  [ EP ] Columbia B-357
 
  [ LP ] CBS 2BP 220094
    CBS 62.581
    CBS 67233
    CBS P5 15536
    CBS / Sony 56AP 674-6
    Columbia CG 30779
    Columbia CL 524
    Columbia G 30779
    Columbia GL 524
    Columbia JGL 524
    Giants of Jazz LPJT 13
    I Grandi del Jazz GdJ-41
 
  [ CD ] Avid AVC 542
    BD Jazz JZBD022 (disc 1, track 5)
    Best of Jazz 4032
    Classics 1064
    Collectables COL-6487
    Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 4, track 2)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 4, track 2)
    Columbia CK 40588
    Definitive DRCD11176 (disc 2, track 1)
    Dreyfus Jazz FDM 36715-2
    Fine Tune 2245-2
    Giants of Jazz 53049
    Going for a Song GFS561
    Hallmark 30283 2
    Hallmark 33036 2
    Hallmark 39117 2
    Hep 1059
    History 20.1960-HI
    History 20.1969-HI
    Jazz Portraits 14535
    Jazz Roots 56027
    Jazzterdays JTD 102410
    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
    Proper PROPERBOX 98
    Proper / musisoft EMCD 21
    Proper / Retro R2CD 40-80
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 4, track 2)
    Sony Music Media SMM 517115 2
    Topaz Jazz TPZ 1017
    Universe UV 129/2
    Warner Music France 3007-2
 

Composed by: Fats Waller - 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 b7 blue note on the third beat.  On mm 9 & 10 there’s a couple of dissonant notes which he emphasizes on beats three (Bbb) and one (Abb), 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 b3 (Fb) to appropriately end with a Db6 phrase.

Exceptional orchestration and guitar solo.

 



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