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I GOT RHYTHM
(GUY’S GOT TO GO)
 
Jam Session
 
MAY  1941 Clark Monroe’s  “THE UPTOWN HOUSE”
198 West 134th Street,  HARLEM,  NYC
 

 
  32  BARS   (AABA) Key of   B Quarter Note =   166 Time:   2:20
 
 
  Preceding the recording of “Guy’s Got to Go” is an MC’s “spliced-in” announcement:
“For our session at Monroe’s guess who these cats are ‘cause they’re anyhow.  Look out, Red.”
 
 
  3  CHORUSES:
 
    1 chor  –  CC [ first two beats are missing from the original recording ]
 
    1 chor  –  CC [ first five beats are repeated on the original recording ]
 
  16 bars  –  CC & ens (riffs)  
      8 bars  –  trumpet
    8 bars  –  CC & ens (riffs)  
 
 

 
Personnel:
 
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  DON BYAS tenor sax
  JOE GUY trumpet
  ALLEN TINNEY piano
  EBENEZER PAUL bass
  TAPS MILLER drums
 
 

 
  Jam Session Recorded by  JERRY NEWMAN
 

Composed by: George Gershwin  (lyrics by Ira Gershwin)
 
©   VALDÉS   7/29/18


 

Page 1:   CC Solo:  1st Chorus

Page 2:   CC Solo:  2nd Chorus

Page 3:   CC Riffs:  Out Chorus

 



C&A:

An MC’s pronouncement at Monroe’s Uptown House is grafted onto the recording of Guy’s Got to Go, better known as George Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm.  Seems that Jerry Newman stuck it there on his original recording and, presumably, that’s when the first two beats of the tune were lost – possibly also when we got a five-bar repeat between guitar choruses.  In any case, it’s become part of the tune intro now.

Charlie Christian starts out rather blasé on his solo, then quickly builds up the intensity but leaving plenty of space between phrases.  At times sounding like a bluesman and at other times pushing well beyond the modern idiom of that era, often both facets surface concurrently (mm 14-15) in his solo.  Casually, he delays his bridge entry by half a measure.

Second chorus:  the original recording is flawed in that the first five beats of Charles’ second chorus are repeated (so far no commercial releases have corrected the backward skip).  Charles again delays his bridge entry on his second chorus, by the same expanse, then quickly picks up the fervency with triplets on an early G7, followed by an early C7.  A good two-chorus solo, considering the ambiance.

The “rhythm” section at this venue is not anywhere close to the standards usually presiding at Minton’s, which is what make this jam less valuable than the superlative sessions at the latter club.  But, at least, the beat is steady (as an inert rock).  In his defense, Tinney never claimed to be a jazz pianist – the same cannot be said of the stoic bassist and drummer.



 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [10] Esoteric ESJ-4 (side B, track 2)
    Vogue LD 158 (side B, track 2)
 
  [LP] Bellaphon BJS 4042 (side B, track 4)
    Counterpoint CPT-548 (side B, track 4)
    Counterpoint CPTS-5548 (side B, track 4)
    Esoteric ES-548 (side B, track 4)
    Everest 1233 (side B, track 4)
    Everest 5233 (side B, track 4)
    Everest FM-119 (side B, track 4)
    Everest FS-219 (side B, track 4)
    Festival ALB 377 (side B, track 4)
    Globe MJ-7066 (side B, track 4)
    Jazz Anthology JA 5122 (side B, track 4)
    Nippon Columbia HR-101-EV (side B, track 4)
    Nippon Columbia SL-5001-EV (side B, track 4)
    Nippon Columbia YS-7071-EV (side B, track 4)
    Presto PRE 640 (side B, track 2)
    Saga 6919 (side B, track 2)
    Saga SOC 1036 (side B, track 2)
    Society SOC 996 (side B, track 4)
    Upfront UPF-181 (side B, track 3)
    Vedette VPA 8095 (side B, track 4)
    Vedette VRM 36025 (side B, track 4)
    Vedette VRMS 325 (side B, track 4)
    Venus TKJV-19013 (side B, track 4)
    Vogue 500114 (side B, track 3)
    Vogue CMDEVR 9378 (side B, track 4)
    Vogue LD 665-30 (side B, track 4)
 
  [CD] BD Jazz JZBD022 (disc 1, track 1)
    Black Bird Black Bird (track 5)
    Blue Moon Discs 008 (track 7)
    Century CECC 00376 (track 5)
    Charly VBCD 306 (disc 3, track 20)
    Chestnut CN1003 (track 14)
    CMA Jazz CM 15001 (track 4)
    Definitive DRCD11177 (disc 4, track 10)
    Dreyfus Jazz FDM 36715-2 (track 7)
    Fantasy / Esoteric OJCCD-1932-2 (track 5)
    Frémeaux FA 046 (disc 1, track 7)
    Fuel 2000 302 061 167 2 (track 4)
    Fuel 2000 302 061 755 2 (track 1)
    Grammercy 0156 2 (track 4)
    Jazz Anthology 550012 (track 7)
    Jazz Classics JZCL-5005 (disc 2, track 7)
    JSP JSP909 (disc 4, track 10)
    Laserlight / Delta 17 032 (track 4)
    Legacy International 373 (track 4)
    Legacy International 484 (track 9)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 75 (track 14)
    MasterSong 50354 2 (track 4)
    Membran 232096 [see Album Index]
    Membran 232568 [see Album Index]
    Music Memoria 87998 2 (disc 2, track 16)
    Natasha Imports NI-4020 (track 7)
    Nippon Columbia 30CY-1436 (track 7)
    Proper P1492 (track 16)
    Proper PROPERBOX 98 (disc 4, track 16)
    SSJ XQAM-1638 (track 5)
    Tring GRF011 (track 5)
    United Audio UAE 3066 2 (track 13)
    Venus 35C38-7223 (track 7)
    Venus TKCZ-36013 (track 5)
    Venus TKCZ-79502 (track 5)
    Vogue 600135 (track 5)
 

 



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