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SOLO  FLIGHT

THE  CHARLIE  CHRISTIAN  LEGACY

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I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING
BUT LOVE
 
mx  CO 29260-1
 
DECEMBER  19,  1940     Thursday Columbia Studios,  NYC
 

 
  32  BARS    (ABCD) Key of   A Quarter Note =   118 Time:   3:20
 
 
  3  CHORUSES:
 
    32  bars  –  muted trumpet (Melody) (over tenor sax & clarinet obbl)
 
    16  bars  –  tenor sax [A/B]
    16  bars  –  clarinet [C/D]
 
  16  bars  –  CC [A/B]
      8  bars  –  piano [C]
      8  bars  –  muted trumpet (Melody) (over tenor sax & clarinet obbl)
 
 

 
Personnel:
 
  Benny Goodman and his Sextet
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  GEORGIE AULD tenor sax
  BENNY GOODMAN clarinet
  COOTIE WILLIAMS trumpet
  KEN KERSEY piano
  ARTIE BERNSTEIN bass
  HARRY JAEGER drums
 
 

Composed by: Jimmy McHugh - Dorothy Fields
 
©   VALDÉS   2/25/18


 

Transcription

I Can’t Give You Anything But Love

3rd take     mx  CO 29260-1

(master)

 



C&A:

We meet pianist Kenny Kersey for the first time at this session – an excellent pianist who provides some very pleasurable moments on the three tunes recorded on this date.  I Can’t Give You Anything But Love would be the only one to be released by Columbia.  The other two tunes would be redone the following month.  We will hear a lot more from Kenny again five months later at Minton’s.

Charlie Christian gets the first 16 bars (A/B sections) on all three takes of this A/B/C/D tune.
In order recorded:

mx CO 29260-3     I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE

Excellent solo that Charles begins two full beats before the start of the chorus.  The phrase spanning mm 2-3 is a bit unusual.

There’s about four bars of triplets on the first four bars.  When he gets to the last four bars it’s all sixteenths with a great slide at the midpoint transition.  Those last four bars begin with three 3-note Bb13/9/b7 clusters;  the slide conveys CC to the Eb7 measures.

[ mx CO 29260-x     breakdown – no solo ]

mx CO 29260-2     I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE

Love this solo.  It is so beautifully melodic.  One can hear the meaning of the words in the song, even better stated than the actual words.  Charles enhances the melody, surpassing what the lyricist herself did (personal opinion, obviously).  The second four bars get blues phrasing, the third four bars get blues notes.

As in the first take the last four bars are sixteenths;  the first six notes are the same but then he is goes on a divergent course – same traversing slide at the juncture, but on a different string – and closing with different phrases but with a similar flavor as the first take.

mx CO 29260-1     I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE

It’s usually difficult to pick a best CC solo among different takes.  This last take, the released master, is everyone’s favorite.  Not that there’s anything amiss in the other two takes (well, maybe four final bars of double-timing was a bit much) but, simply, this one is perfect.  Splendidly paced, sublimely melodic;  on the last four bars of this solo, mm 13-14 are triplets, mm 15-16 sixteenths – typical CC phrases, ideally situated.  Seems like Charles sensed that the first two choruses had gone better than on the other takes and that this would be the sanctioned one.  It was released as I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby.



 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ 78 ] Columbia 36755
 
  [ LP ] CBS 2BP 220094 (side C, track 6)
    CBS 62.581 (side B, track 6)
    CBS 67233 (side C, track 6)
    CBS / Sony 56AP 674-6 (side E, track 2)
    CBS / Sony SOPZ4-6 (side E, track 2)
    Columbia CG 30779 (side C, track 6)
    Columbia G 30779 (side C, track 6)
    Giants of Jazz LPJT 13 (side B, track 3)
 
  [ CD ] BD Jazz JZBD022 (disc 1, track 18)
    Black Bird Black Bird (track 9)
    CBS 465679 2 (track 14)
    Classics 1154 (track 14)
    Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 3, track 2)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 3, track 2)
    Columbia CK 45144 (track 14)
    Definitive DRCD11176 (disc 3, track 6)
    Edel 0193692ERE (track 19)
    Frémeaux FA 218 (disc 2, track 4)
    Giants of Jazz 53049 (track 16)
    Going for a Song GFS561 (track 20)
    History 20.1960-HI (vol. 9, disc 1, track 18)
    History 20.1969-HI (disc 1, track 18)
    Japan Jazz Club EGR 2001 (track 14)
    Jazz Forever 67041 (track 12)
    Jazz Portraits 14545 (track 12)
    Jazz Roots 56059 (track 12)
    Jazzterdays JTD 102410 (track 11)
    Le Chant du Monde 274 1459.60 (disc 2, track 9)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 68 (track 3)
    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]
    Past Perfect 205798-203 (track 18)
    Proper P1490 (track 11)
    Proper PROPERBOX 98 (disc 2, track 11)
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 3, track 2)
    Topaz Jazz / Pavilion TPZ 1017 (track 17)
    Universe / Comet UV 129/2 (disc 2, track 3)
 

 



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