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THE  CHARLIE  CHRISTIAN  LEGACY

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I’M CONFESSIN’
 
mx  WCO 26356 A
 
DECEMBER  20,  1939     Wednesday Columbia Studios,  NYC
 

 
  32  BARS    (AABA) Key of   A Quarter Note =   90 Time:   2:57
 
 
  2  CHORUSES:
 
    16  bars  –  clarinet (Melody)
 
      8  bars  –  piano
      8  bars  –  clarinet (Melody)
 
    16  bars  –  vibes
    8  bars  –  CC
      8  bars  –  clarinet (Melody)
 
 

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

Composed by: Doc Dougherty - Ellis Reynolds  (lyrics by A.J. Neiburg)
 
©   VALDÉS   5/1/08


 

Transcription Page:     I’m Confessin’

 



C&A:

Like On the Alamo, I’m Confessin’ is a slow number and was also recorded in only one take on no more than one occasion, half of it being fairly straight melody.  It was inexplicably never released on 78-rpm and only first appeared on Time-Life’s “Giants of Jazz” LP box-set series in 1979.

But Charlie Christian’s eight-bar break is something to behold and should receive much more attention than it does.  His solo is a true treasure.  The first two measures are like a bolt from the blue, startling the listener with surprising intervals—once more revealing CC’s absolute genius.  He begins the first figure on an upbeat then repeats the figure starting on the downbeat, further adding to the “sound of surprise.”

As on the previously mentioned On the Alamo, the rest of his brief solo fits together perfectly.  Charles’ advanced harmonic awareness shines through in every phrase.  Also note that virtually every measure has its own expression.   The B-natural (♯5) in the first bar of the E♭7 segment adds the perfect flavor to that phrase.

Lovely solo.  Its development is so articulately well put together that it’s very easy to remember the progression.



 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ LP ] Phontastic NOST 7610 (side A, track 7)
    Time-Life STL-J05 (side E, track 2)
 
  [ CD ] Black Bird Black Bird (track 15)
    CBS 465679 2 (track 7)
    Chestnut CN1003 (track 5)
    Classics 1064 (track 25)
    Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 1, track 9)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 1, track 9)
    Columbia CK 45144 (track 7)
    Definitive DRCD11176 (disc 2, track 4)
    Frémeaux FA 218 (disc 1, track 4)
    Japan Jazz Club EGR 2001 (track 7)
    Le Chant du Monde 274 1357.58 (disc 1, track 21)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 29 (track 14)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 9004 (disc 2, track 14)
    Phontastic NCD 8821 (disc 2, track 3)
    Proper P1489 (track 11)
    Proper PROPERBOX 98 (disc 1, track 11)
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 1, track 9)
 

 



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