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I SURRENDER, DEAR
 
mx  WCO 26743 B
 
APRIL  10,  1940  *     Wednesday HOLLYWOOD
World Broadcasting System
[ for COLUMBIA Records ]   *
 

 
  32  BARS    (AABA) Key of   C Quarter Note =   88 Time:   3:02
 
 
  2  CHORUSES:
 
    16 bars  –  clarinet (Melody)
      8 bars  –  vibes
      8 bars  –  clarinet (Melody)
 
  16 bars  –  CC
      8 bars  –  piano
      8 bars  –  clarinet (Melody)
 
 

 
Personnel:
 
  Benny Goodman Sextet
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  BENNY GOODMAN clarinet
  LIONEL HAMPTON vibes
  JOHNNY GUARNIERI piano
  ARTIE BERNSTEIN bass
  NICK FATOOL drums
 
 

 
  * Matrix assigned on  APRIL 16, 1940
  Recorded by the World Broadcasting System, Inc. (Hollywood)
  for the Columbia Recording Corp. (NYC)
 

Composed by: Harry Barris  (lyrics by Gordon Clifford)
 
© VALDÉS   9/7/06


 

Transcription Page:     I Surrender, Dear    (master take)

 



C&A:

Charlie Christian was in fine fettle on this recording date (Grand Slam was also recorded at this session).  To quote Jan Evensmo’s thirty-year-old comments on this master take of I Surrender, Dear:  “In ‘…Dear’ one can listen to one of Christian’s master soli, a perfect construction of great beauty.  Not a single note is superfluous or wrongly placed, and the necessary balance and relaxation are always present.”  Although I can’t agree with Evensmo’s lukewarm remarks concerning Grand Slam later in the same paragraph, I thoroughly concur with his thoughts regarding this half-chorus solo.

There’s a beautifully executed transition from E7 to Am7 at mm 3-4.  The D7 figure at bar 6 is notable for its quick wit.  As far as I can recall, the A7 phrase at bar 8 is unique to this solo…not heard anywhere else by anyone, anytime.  Same might be said about the sequence in the next measure on which Charles plays an unexpected E (9th) instead of an F (♭3, the third of Dm).  We’re all familiar with the run at measure 10 from his solos on measure 22 of Star Dust.  Charles closes out his solo with some blues lines on the last four bars.



 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ 78 ] Columbia 35482 (b/w Boy Meets Goy / Grand Slam)
 
  [ EP ] Columbia RLS 799  (SEGC.10) (side C, track 1)
 
  [ LP ] CBS 62.581 (side A, track 7)
    CBS / Sony 56AP 674-6 (side C, track 3)
    CBS / Sony SOPZ4-6 (side C, track 3)
 
  [ CD ] BD Jazz JZBD022 (disc 1, track 10)
    CBS 465679 2 (track 10)
    Chestnut CN1003 (track 12)
    Classics 1131 (track 5)
    Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 1, track 15)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 1, track 15)
    Columbia CK 45144 (track 10)
    Definitive DRCD11176 (disc 2, track 11)
    Frémeaux 53039 (disc 1, track 11)
    Japan Jazz Club EGR 2001 (track 10)
    Jazz Archives / EPM 15908 2 (track 8)
    Jazzterdays JTD 102410 (track 6)
    Le Chant du Monde 274 1459.60 (disc 1, track 19)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 40 (track 14)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 9004 (disc 3, track 14)
    Masters of Jazz R2CD 8004 (disc 1, track 13)
    Membran 232094 [see Album Index]
    Membran 232568 [see Album Index]
    Past Perfect 205798-203 (track 8)
    Past Perfect PPCD 78122 (track 16)
    Primo / Proper PRMCD 6092 (disc 1, track 11)
    Proper P1489 (track 17)
    Proper PROPERBOX 98 (disc 1, track 17)
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 1, track 15)
    Topaz Jazz TPZ 1017 (track 11)
    Universe UV 129/2 (disc 1, track 13)
    Warner Music France 3007-2 (track 3)
 
 

 



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