Only seven days after the sextet first recorded Rose Room,
Charlie Christian was again featured on this tune on a broadcast from the
Waldorf-Astoria. Taken at a slower tempo, this version follows the same routine as
the first except for the final eight bars.
CCs excellent solo on this version is at least the equal of the one on the
studio date and completely different. And more heavily syncopated normally he
gives the downbeat about 2/3 the value of the beat or a bit less;
here he gives the downbeat around 70% of the value and on a few occasions as much as
75%and interspersed by lots of triplets for a change of pace. Also, he plays
this version quite a bit bluesier. Surprisingly, he doesnt play (the same
note) on alternating strings anywhere here.
Theres so much to comment on that its hard to even begin. Every phrase
deserves comment. Every note is perfectly placed on this solo, every sequence leads
logically to the next just beautiful. Measures 5-7 are particularly noteworthy.
Bars 9-10 contain a motif that Charles used on the Minneapolis Star
Dust (first chorus, bar 11) two weeks earlier. After a really nice lead-in at
mm 13-15, theres a sequence at mm 16-19 with a long slide that Im partial to.
Then theres the triplets on mm 20-21
augmented fifths on mm 21 &
blue notes at bar 25
the upbeat notes at bar 28. Its virtually a