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OPUS ˝
 
Aircheck
 
SEPTEMBER  23,  1939     Saturday “CAMEL CARAVAN”
NBC Radio Network / WEAF
ORPHEUM THEATER
ST. PAUL, Minnesota
 

 
  16-BAR THEME     (AABA) Key of   E Quarter Note =   224 Time:   2:43
  12-BAR BLUES SOLOS
 
 
    4  bars  –  CC (Intro)
    4  bars  –  CC & ens (Intro)
 
    16  bars  –  clarinet & vibes (Theme)
    16  bars  –  clarinet & vibes (Theme)
      8  bars  –  clarinet break
    16  bars  –  clarinet & vibes (Theme)
 
    12  bars  –  clarinet (over vibes)
    12  bars  –  clarinet (over vibes)
 
    12  bars  –  vibes
    12  bars  –  vibes
 
  12  bars  –  bass (over CC chord accents)
 
    12  bars  –  ensemble (riffs)
 
    16  bars  –  clarinet & vibes (Theme)
 
 

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

Composed by: Benny Goodman - Lionel Hampton - Teddy Wilson - Dave Tough
 
©   VALDÉS   9/25/18


 

Transcription Page:     Opus ˝  —  23 September 1939

 



C
&A:

Opus ˝ 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.



 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ LP ] Queen-Disc Q-016 (side A, track 3)
 
 

 



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