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THE  CHARLIE  CHRISTIAN  LEGACY

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MEMORIES OF YOU
 
mx  WCO 26284 A
 
NOVEMBER  22,  1939     Wednesday COLUMBIA STUDIOS,  NYC
 

 
  32  BARS    (AABA) Key of   Eb Quarter Note =   88 Time:   3:10
 
 
  2-Bar Intro  +  2  CHORUSES:
 
      2  bars  –  clarinet (Intro)
 
    32  bars  –  clarinet (Melody)
 
    16  bars  –  vibes
  32  bars  –  CC
      8  bars  –  clarinet (Melody)
 
 

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

 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ 78 ] Columbia 35320
 
  [ EP ] Columbia RLS 799 (SEGC.9)
 
  [ LP ] CBS 62.581
    CBS 67268
    CBS P5 15536
    CBS / Sony 56AP 674-6 (side 1, track 4)
    CBS / Sony SOPZ4-6 (side 1, track 4)
    Columbia CL 820
    Columbia CS 8643
    Columbia KG 31547
 
  [ CD ] CBS 465679 2
    Chestnut CN1003
    Classics 1064
    Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 1, track 4)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 1, track 4)
    Columbia CK 45144
    Columbia/Legacy CK 61445
    Columbia/Legacy COL 501035 2
    Definitive DRCD11176 (disc 1, track 18)
    Japan Jazz Club EGR 2001
    Jazzterdays JTD 102410
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 29 (track 2)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 9004 (disc 2, track 2)
    Membran 232094 (vol. 007, track 5)
    Membran 232658 (part 2, vol. 007, track 5)
    Past Perfect PPCD 78122
    Proper P1489
    Proper PROPERBOX 98 (disc 1, track 5)
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 1, track 4)
    Universe UV 129/2
 

Composed by: Eubie Blake - Andy Razaf
 
©   VALDÉS   1/27/18


 

Transcription Page:     Memories of You  —  22 November 1939  (master take)

 



C
&A:

Five different versions of Memories of You were recorded – all within a three-month period;  and all with the 1939 sextet in NYC, same personnel (Smack was reinstated as the sextet pianist for the concert) and routine:  one radio studio broadcast, one at a Waldorf-Astoria Hotel gig, two in the Columbia recording studio for possible commercial release, and one in concert at Carnegie Hall on Christmas Eve.  Goodman’s forte was playing the melody on ballads – his contributions to this tune are exemplary.

Charles’ usual method is to employ eighth notes in his solos.  On slower tunes he would use sixteenth notes in parts of his solos.  Memories of You is unique in that he applies sixteenth notes exclusively on all five versions.  And he plays much of the rhythm straight (not syncopated) on all five of his solos usually holding the swingin’ till the last bar.

Each and every one of Charlie Christian’s solos is beautifully put together.  Like whiffs of fresh air.  They arrive, exhilarate, and are quickly gone.

Nov 22, 1939
WCO 26284 A – master take at Columbia Studios

Of the five editions, this Charlie Christian solo is clearly the most adventurous in regard to the guitar picking.  At the same time, it seems the most formally constructed – as if purposely wrapped up and presented for permanent pressing.

Jan Evensmo in The Guitars of Charlie Christian… (1976):
“The studio versions of Memories… are well played and quite dexterous to be held in slow tempo.  They are also remarkably different, although I think I find other versions, like the Oct 23, 1939 one, more exciting.”

Claude Carrière in Charlie Christian, Vol. 2 (1992) MJCD 29 liner notes:
“The short eight bars from Charlie on the bridge of Memories differs significantly from one take to the other:  the first restrained, the second adventurous.  The brevity of Charlie’s intervention is all the more regrettable in that the earlier version of this ideal showcase also denied him a complete chorus.”

 

 



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