This was the sextets third recording of Rose Room in
October of 1939 from a Camel Caravan broadcast and the rarest of
their recordings on that tune (not released until 1997). Charlie Christian plays the
four-bar intro and again gets the entire second chorus for his featured solo.
Charles really surprises with his solo opening on this version totally unique and
harmonically advanced. Measures 6-8 were some of the most difficult to
transcribe not the notes, but the tablature (frets and fingering); its
interesting to compare the phrase to the same measures on his 2 October 1939 and 6 June
The repeated phrases at bars 8-10 are different but very reminiscent of the phrases
that opened the October 2nd Rose Room solo. One of CCs favorite licks
is played over Bb7 at bars 13-14 then repeated
(over Eb7) in modified form on the following two
The Ab13 phrase beginning at bars 20 through
22 has a really nice melodic and harmonic quality to it; followed by a most unusual
Db motif (slides from a sixth to a major-seventh
to the tonic before he plays a simple major triad), which closes out the sequence.
Measures 25-26 are much the same as on his solo of October 9th well worth repeating.
Charlie Christian never fails to amaze on Rose Room.