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mx  WCO 26284 B
NOVEMBER  22,  1939     Wednesday COLUMBIA STUDIOS,  NYC

  32  BARS    (AABA) Key of   Eb Quarter Note =   90 Time:   3:05
  2-Bar Intro  +  2  CHORUSES:
      2  bars  –  clarinet (Intro)
    32  bars  –  clarinet (Melody)
    16  bars  –  vibes
  32  bars  –  CC
      8  bars  –  clarinet (Melody)

  Benny Goodman Sextet
  BENNY GOODMAN clarinet

Issued Recordings:
  [ LP ] CBS 2BP 220094
    CBS 67233
    CBS / Sony 56AP 674-6 (side 1, track 5)
    CBS / Sony SOPZ4-6 (side 1, track 5)
    Columbia CG 30779
    Columbia G 30779
  [ CD ] Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 1, track 19)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 1, track 19)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 29 (track 3)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 9004 (disc 2, track 3)
    Neatwork RP 2067
    Phontastic PHONT 7660
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 1, track 9)

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


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



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 B – alternate take at Columbia Studios

Again Charles’ solo starts with a variation on the beginning phrase that he had played on the first two versions of the tune. It continues unerringly as a worthy alternate take.  Selecting a best version of Memories of You is impossible.  On the G7 section here at bar 20 he precedes his phrase with a witty Ab7 just before getting into his G7 run.

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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