DB Hall of Fame



DB Hall of Fame



Pre-Rehearsal Jam
MARCH  13,  1941     Thursday Columbia Recording Studios,  NYC

  32  BARS    (ABAC) Key of   Ab Quarter Note =   158 Time:   1:55
[ Preceded by   “ROSE ROOM” ]
  2  CHORUSES  +  12  BARS:
  32  bars  –  CC (over ts obbl on 1st 22 bars)
    8  bars  –  tenor sax (over CC chords)
    24  bars  –  tenor sax
      4  bars  –  tenor sax
    8  bars  –  CC (accomp by drums)

Guarnieri (over last 6 bars):

“Let’s play the blues…”

“Charlie, Charlie, let’s play the blues in B”

[ Followed by   “BLUES IN B” ]

  GEORGIE AULD tenor sax
  DAVE TOUGH drums

Issued Recordings:
  [ LP ] BLU-DISC T-1006
  [ CD ] BD Jazz JZBD022 (disc 2, track 9e)
    Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 4, track 23e)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 4, track 23e)
    Definitive DRCD11176 (disc 4, track 12b)
    Le Chant du Monde 274 1459.60 (disc 2, track 14a)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 74 (track 10e)
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 4, track 23e)
    Universe UV 129/2 (disc 2, track 17e)

Composed by: Ray Noble
©   VALDÉS   12/25/17



First Page:         First Chorus

Second Page:   Second & Third Choruses



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.


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