Opus ½ was recorded off the “Camel Caravan” radio broadcast
that originated from the Orpheum Theater in St. Paul on the September evening before the
memorable jam session across the river in Minneapolis. It’s a rare item
which can only been heard on an Italian LP released forty years ago.
No Charlie Christian solos here but there’s a load of chords with a bent
inner note (♭3) making their first
appearance on this tune, in his intro and on the bass solo – precursors to those
double-stops forthcoming in November, on Shivers, South of the
Border, and AC/DC Current.