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THE  CHARLIE  CHRISTIAN  LEGACY

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I CAN’T BELIEVE
THAT YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH ME
 
Pre-Rehearsal Jam
 
MARCH  13,  1941     Thursday Columbia Recording Studios,  NYC
 

 
  32  BARS    (AABA) Key of   C Quarter Note =   148 / 118 Time:   6:07
 
 
[ Preceded by   “A SMO-O-O-OTH ONE” ]
 
 
  I  –  2-Bar Intro  +  1 PARTIAL CHORUS  (initial run):
 
     

2  

bars  –  piano (“intro”)
    24¾   bars  –  CC (w/ ts & pno “obbl”)
 
    — Recording Interrupted —
 
  ――――――――――――――――――――――――――――
 
    — Recording Resumes with the same tune being played at a much slower tempo —
 
  II  –  1 PARTIAL CHORUS  +  4 CHORUSES  (slower sequence):
 
    19¾   bars  –  CC (w/ ts & tpt)
 
    16   bars  –  CC (w/ ts)
    16   bars  –  CC (w/ tpt)
 
    32   bars  –  CC (w/ tpt “obbl”)
 
    32   bars  –  CC (w/ tpt)
 
    24   bars  –  CC (w/ tpt)
      6   bars  –  trumpet & drums  
    2   bars  –  CC chords  
 
 
[ Followed by   “ROSE ROOM” ]
 

 
Personnel:
 
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  GEORGIE AULD tenor sax
  COOTIE WILLIAMS trumpet
  JOHNNY GUARNIERI piano
  DAVE TOUGH drums
 
 

Composed by: Jimmy McHugh  (lyrics by Clarence Gaskill)
© VALDÉS   12/12/19
 


 

I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love with Me   •   13 March 1941   •   Pre-Rehearsal Jam


Charts:      
  I Intro  &  CHORUS  (partial)  
       
  II 1st CHORUS  (partial)  
    2nd CHORUS  
    3rd CHORUS  
    4th CHORUS  
    5th CHORUS  
       
Audio:      
  I  
       
  II  
       

 



C
&A:

It’s still a mystery how I Can’t Believe ended up 20% slower after less than a minute into the Columbia studio engineers’ recording.  The tune was going along nicely until at about 46 seconds in it abruptly stops on the 25th measure – a couple of scratchy seconds later the same tune resumes at the thirteenth measure once again already under way and somehow having lost a lot of its nice tempo somewhere along the line.

The second part of I Can’t Believe is veritably fascinating but not quite the delight that is the first.  With all its double-timing, it should be a joy for the up-and-down-stroke guitarists, even though Charles was actually down stroking the whole time.

There is, however, a tremendous amount of creative guitaristic activity here – more than can be found on any other piece.  Enchanting wizardry.  Nonetheless it is, of course, an absolute musical performance.

There are familiar phrases to be found here and there but mostly it’s quite unique work not to be found elsewhere in his recorded legacy.  Magically enthralling stuff, to be sure.  Could even be used as an insightful exercise book by the more advanced students of the instrument.  In any case, the entire recorded track is a delight.

As the bridge of the last chorus comes in, though, the guitarist seems to have become distracted or just plain lost interest and started skating.  The tempo starts to drag during the bridge and the tune just barely manages to hold up till Charles puts in some chords to bring an end to the chorus.  The next tune, Rose Room, starts up and fresh enthusiasm builds up again…big time.

 


 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ LP ] BLU-DISC T-1006 (side A, track 1c)
 
  [ CD ] BD Jazz JZBD022 (disc 2, track 9c)
    Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 4, track 23c)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 4, track 23c)
    Definitive DRCD11176 (disc 4, track 11)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 74 (track 10c)
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 4, track 23c)
    Universe UV 129/2 (disc 2, track 17c)
 

 



 

 


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