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THE  CHARLIE  CHRISTIAN  LEGACY

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ROSE ROOM
 
Aircheck
 
FEBRUARY  19,  1941     Wednesday “AMERICA IN SWINGTIME”
second annual  American Music Festival
Municipal Broadcasting System (WNYC),  NYC
 

 
  32  BARS     (ABAB) Key of   Ab Quarter Note =   116 Time:   0:28
 
 
  [Recording starts two beats before the 20th bar of the final chorus]
 
  13  BARS:
 
  5 bars  –  CC (partial) [end of 24-bar solo]
    8 bars  –  clt (Melody) (over ts obbl)
 
 

 
Personnel:
 
  Benny Goodman and his Sextet  
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  GEORGIE AULD tenor sax
  BENNY GOODMAN clarinet
  COOTIE WILLIAMS trumpet
  JOHNNY GUARNIERI piano
  ARTIE BERNSTEIN bass
  DAVE TOUGH drums
 
 

 
Issued Recordings:
 
  < unissued >
 
 

Composed by: Art Hickman - Harry Williams
 
© VALDÉS 12/4/2016

 


 

Transcription Page:     Rose Room  —  19 February 1941

 



C&A:

This fragment is all that exists of Rose Room from the “America in Swingtime” radio broadcast which has been publicly aired only once since its original broadcast in February 1941 – for a special WNYC broadcast (and on internet) on October 3, 2012.

The recording begins with the last five bars of CC’s solo.  Bars 20 thru 22 contain a remarkable progression that was identically repeated a month later on one chorus of his second solo on the 13 March studio jam and again on a 6 June aircheck.  This is the phrase’s first appearance – it is present on all three 1941 versions but not on any of the three 1939 performances (there are no Rose Room recordings from 1940).

The solo concludes with a striking Db triplet run followed by eight bars of the Rose Room theme by the ensemble.  M.C. Ralph Berton then steps up and brings on Goodman to introduce Flying Home.

The entire archived recording consists of:
          Rose Room   [partial]   (last 5 bars of solo)
          Flying Home   (32-bar solo)
          The Blues   (24-bar solo)
          The Sheik of Araby   (no CC solos)
          Body and Soul   (no CC / ts, p, b, d only)
          Gone With “What” Wind   (24-bar solo)
          Stompin’ at the Savoy   [behind MC sign-off]   (8-bar solo)
                    TT = 22:21

The Sheik of Araby and Gone With “What” Wind were released on CD in November 2001 on the Encore label but the rest of the program has not been made available in any format.

 



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