Recorded at the Monte Proser Dance Carnival, this turned out to be the
final Rose Room Charlie Christian would ever record. One
of the two slower versions and only two choruses long, CC is again the featured soloist and,
as usual, solos on the second chorus but this time its only for 24 bars (the ensemble
comes in for the last eight bars of the chorus).
As on the 28 October 1939 aircheck of Rose Room, Charles takes one aback with
his solo opening on this version. Bars 6-8 are well worth comparing to two other CC
solos on this tuneits a revised sequence of what he played almost two years
earlier (2 & 28 October 1939) on the same measures.
The Gb7 (relative dominant of the Dbm)
that begins on the last beat of bar 8 starts out with same line as the
Ab7 that begins at bar 4.
Measure 12: CC runs through an exquisite F7 progression closely related to the one he played on
the 2 October 1939 studio date but whereas he played triplets on the much earlier date,
here he double-times it with 16ths. Bars 15-16 (Eb7)
also have a phrase related to the October 2nd date.
Bars 20-22 contain the beautiful Ab7 sequence
that had first appeared earlier on the partial aircheck of Rose Room on 19 February
and then again on the first chorus of his second solo at the 13 March 1941 Rose Room studio jam.
The double-time closing of the solo (mm 23-24) can be found in
various guises on several other tunessometimes inverted, sometimes
reversedalmost always over a major chord, at least once over a dominant chord.
Despite the similarities in some of the sequences, this beautiful solo is very
different from the three sextet versions recorded in 1939, especially in
Rose Room may well have been Charles favorite tune to solo on.
This rendition was one of his very last recorded solos. Interestingly, it was also
one of three tunes on which he soloed in his first public performance in his early teens
when he sat-in with Don Redmans band at Honey Murphys in OKC.