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ON THE ALAMO
 
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JANUARY  15,  1941     Wednesday Columbia Studios,  NYC
 

 
  32  BARS    (ABAC) Key of   E Quarter Note =   82 Time:   3:27
 
 
  4-Bar  Intro  +  2 ˝  CHORUSES:
 
      4  bars  –  piano (Intro)
 
    32  bars  –  clarinet (Melody) [ABAC]
 
    16  bars  –  trumpet [AB]
    16  bars  –  tenor sax [AC]
 
    8  bars  –  CC [A]
      8  bars  –  clarinet (Melody) [C]
 
 

 
Personnel:
 
  Benny Goodman and his Sextet
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  GEORGIE AULD tenor sax
  BENNY GOODMAN clarinet
  COOTIE WILLIAMS trumpet
  COUNT BASIE piano
  ARTIE BERNSTEIN bass
  JO JONES drums
 
 

Composed by: Isham Jones  (lyrics by Gus Kahn)
 
©   VALDÉS   10/28/01


 

Transcription Page:     On the Alamo

 



C&A:

On the Alamo doesn’t receive nearly as much attention as it should.  Possibly because it was one of the slowest tunes played by the sextet, recorded only once on one take, and almost half of it is fairly straight melody.  It was also recorded during the same studio session as the multiple takes of up-tempo tunes Breakfast Feud, I Found a New Baby, and Gone with What Draft (Alamo’s 78-rpm flipside companion).  On the Alamo is beautifully played by all.

Charlie Christian’s eight-bar solo is a gem.  Everything fits together perfectly.  The four notes he plays on the pickup bar and on the second measure are identical and go with both the E♭ and F7 harmony, and are used for like purposes but with dissimilar emphasis.  Then there are two phrases that ascend in triplets and descend with quarter notes;  two cascading triplets and a leap up to a single note before the phrase is resolved with a couple of notes in the next beat.  The solo itself is then resolved with two similar, and unexpected, two-note phrases that also relate to the first measure.

So leisurely simple and sensible and sublime.



 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ 78 ] Columbia 35938 (b/w Gone With What Draft)
    Columbia 37513 (b/w BG orch Cocoanut Grove)
    V Disc 55B (b/w BG orch Buckle Down, Winsocki)
 
  [ EP ] Columbia B-350 (side B, track 2)
 
  [ LP ] CBS 2BP 220094 (side D, track 2)
    CBS 62.581 (side B, track 8)
    CBS 67233 (side D, track 2)
    CBS / Sony 56AP 674-6 (side E, track 7)
    CBS / Sony SOPM 162 (side A, track 4)
    CBS / Sony SOPZ4-6 (side E, track 7)
    Columbia 33SX 1035 (side A, track 4)
    Columbia CG 30779 (side D, track 2)
    Columbia CL 500 (side A, track 4)
    Columbia G 30779 (side D, track 2)
    Columbia GL 500 (side A, track 4)
    I Grandi del Jazz GdJ-48 (side B, track 4)
    Philips BBL 7178 (side B, track 4)
 
  [ CD ] ASV AJA 5144 (track 20)
    Avid AVC 542 (track 18)
    CBS 465679 2 (track 16)
    Classics 1202 (track 4)
    Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 3, track 4)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 3, track 4)
    Columbia CK 45144 (track 16)
    Definitive DRCD11176 (disc 3, track 9)
    Giants of Jazz 53039 (track 23)
    History 20.1960-HI (set 15, disc 1, track 23)
    History 20.1975-HI (disc 1, track 23)
    Japan Jazz Club EGR 2001 (track 16)
    Jazz Archives / EPM 15908 2 (track 15)
    Jazzterdays JTD 102410 (track 13)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 68 (track 11)
    Membran 232094 [see Album Index]
    Membran 232568 [see Album Index]
    Past Perfect PPCD 78129 (track 20)
    Primo / Proper PRMCD 6092 (disc 2, track 2)
    Proper P1490 (track 13)
    Proper PROPERBOX 98 (disc 2, track 13)
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 3, track 4)
    Topaz Jazz / Pavilion TPZ 1017 (track 19)
    Universe UV 129/2 (disc 2, track 5)
 

 



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