Nestled between Rose Room and Blues in B on this informal session is an absolute gem
that is much too often neglected. Throughout the first chorus Charles elected to play close to
the melody, forever transforming I Hadn’t Anyone Till You into an unforgettable song. Auld’s
sax starts it off just as the previous tune is wrapping up and Charles immediately heeds the call and responds with
a flourish, and with the pianist and drummer in tow.
There are the most beautiful twists and turns in every measure of Charles’ enterprise. Wonderful succinct
embellishments and breathtaking rhythmic surprises are abundant at every stride. The epitome comes in the
extraordinary phrase at mm 13-14 – it defines perfection.
Auld takes the second chorus; the third chorus scarcely begins before
Guarnieri calls for a blues – in B.
The whole session is a marvelous revelation and this little bit of less
than a minute of Charlie Christian is no exception.