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SEVEN COME ELEVEN
 
Aircheck
 
MAY  28,  1940     Tuesday “PEACOCK COURT”
THE MARK HOPKINS HOTEL
SAN FRANCISCO
Mutual Radio Network
 

 
  32  BARS    (AABA) Key of   A Quarter Note =   240 Time:   2:38
 
 

MC:  “…What’s cooking with the sextet?”
Goodman announces the title and introduces the sextet:  “…Charlie Christian at the guitar – electric guitar…”

 
 
  12-Bar Intro  +  4½  CHORUSES:
 
      4  bars  –  drums (Intro)
      8  bars  –  piano, bass, drums (Intro)
 
  16  bars  –  CC & ens (Theme Riffs)
      8  bars  –  clarinet
    8  bars  –  CC & ens (Theme Riffs)
 
  32  bars  –  CC
 
  16  bars  –  vibes (over CC riffs)
      8  bars  –  vibes
    8  bars  –  vibes (over CC riffs)
 
    32  bars  –  clarinet
 
  16  bars  –  CC & ens (Theme Riffs)
 
 

[ applause ]   MC:  “Ah, that’s cooking it…”

 
 

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

Composed by: Charlie Christian
 
©   VALDÉS   2/25/18


 

Transcription Page:        Guitar Solo

 



C&A:

The band took a two week vacation in the first half of March 1940 then assembled in L.A. for a long stand at the Cocoanut Grove ballroom followed by a tour of the West Coast.  This final recording of Seven Come Eleven was recorded on their first night of their stay at the Peacock Court ballroom in San Francisco.

Unlike the Camel Caravan version six months earlier, this aircheck was well recorded.  Charlie Christian gives his solo a soulful feeling right at the outset in the first bar.  At mm 6-7 he previews the figures that would be featured while concluding his solo (mm 29-31).

There’s a similar slide into the bridge as that which he used on the other two versions;  on this one though, Charles starts three full beats before the chord change – on the others it’s a one or two beat anticipation.  After the bridge, he closes out with alternating string A♭s, some intense skating effects on bars 27-28, and then the aforementioned figures.

The band finished their tour with a four week engagement at the Hotel St. Catherine on Santa Catalina Island before disbanding for the summer.  Charles was kept on salary for that duration.



 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ LP ] Aircheck 16 (side A, track 4)
    Golden Era LP-15077 (side A, track 3)
 
  [ CD ] Definitive DRCD11177 (disc 3, track 2)
    Fuel 2000 302 061 755 2 (track 18)
    Jazz Unlimited JUCD 2041 (track 4)
    Joyce JRCDRG-1015 (track 11)
    JSP Records JSP909 (disc 3, track 2)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 40 (track 19)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 9004 (disc 3, track 19)
    Mr. Music MMCD-7040 (track 20)
    Norma NOCD5657 (track 9)
 

 



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