Charlie Christian was in fine fettle on this recording date (Grand Slam was
also recorded at this session). To quote Jan Evensmos thirty-year-old comments
on this master take of I Surrender, Dear: In
Dear one can listen to one of Christians 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 dont agree with Evensmos lukewarm remarks concerning Grand Slam, I
thoroughly concur with his thoughts regarding this half-chorus solo.
Theres 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. Same with the sequence in the next measure on which Charles plays an
unexpected E (9th) instead of an F (b3, the third of
Dm). Were all familiar with the run at bar 10 from his solos on Star Dust
(bar 22). Charles closes out his solo with some blues lines on the last four bars.