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SOLO  FLIGHT

THE  CHARLIE  CHRISTIAN  LEGACY

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POOR BUTTERFLY
 
Aircheck
 
APRIL  27,  1940     Saturday “THE COCOANUT GROVE”
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
NBC Radio Network
 

 
  32  BARS    (ABAC) Key of   Ab Quarter Note =   110 Time:   2:47
 
 
  2 ˝  CHORUSES:
 
    32  bars  –  clarinet (Melody) [ABAC]
 
    32  bars  –  vibes [ABAC]
 
    8  bars  –  CC [A]
      8  bars  –  clarinet (Melody) [C]
 
 

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

 
Issued Recordings:
 
  < unissued in its entirety >
 
  Incomplete:
    the first chorus & the first 14 ˝  bars of the vibes solo are omitted:
 
  [ CD ] Masters of Jazz MJCD 189
 
 

Composed by: Raymond Hubbell - John L. Golden
 
©   VALDÉS   3/02/01

 


 

Transcription Page:     Poor Butterfly  —  27 April 1940  (aircheck)

 



C&A:

As on the studio version earlier in the month, Charlie Christian begins his solo on Poor Butterfly with a modified melody line.  Although taken at a slightly slower tempo than the other version, the same six musicians seem to be even more up for this one.  Charles starts out more animated and remains so all the way to the final bar.  The biggest surprise comes with the C#7 | C7 figures in the fifth and sixth measures of his solo.  The line following that is also unusual – it’s an atypical variant of a CC lick such as the one in the same place on the first version.

This recording has only been released once – on a now out-of-print Media 7 CD which omitted the noisily-recorded first chorus containing the clarinet melody.  The issued recording starts about halfway through a 32-bar vibes solo that precedes the 8-bar guitar solo;  on the studio version the second chorus was evenly split between vibes and piano.  Even though there are no studio recording time constraints, the sextet again plays only 2˝ choruses on the broadcast tune.

 



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