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THE  CHARLIE  CHRISTIAN  LEGACY

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THE SHEIK OF ARABY
 
mx  WCO 26718 A
 
APRIL  3,  1940   *      Wednesday HOLLYWOOD
World Broadcasting System
[ for COLUMBIA Records ]   *
 

 
  32  BARS    (AAA'B) Key of   Bb Quarter Note =   220 Time:   3:18
 
 
  4-Bar Intro / 16-Bar Prelude  +  4  CHORUSES  +  two 16-Bar Codas:
 
      4  bars  –  drums (Intro)
 
  16  bars  –  CC  & ensemble (Verse in Bbm)
 
    32  bars  –  clarinet (Melody)
 
    32  bars  –  vibes
 
  32  bars  –  CC
 
    32  bars  –  piano
 
    4  bars  –  CC (Coda:  fours)
      4  bars  –  clarinet
      4  bars  –  vibes
      4  bars  –  piano
 
    4  bars  –  CC (Coda)
    12  bars  –  clarinet
 
 

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

 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ 78 ] Columbia 35466
 
  [ EP ] Columbia RLS 799  (SEGC.11)
 
  [10] Philips B 07 907 R
    Philips P 07.931R
 
  [ LP ] CBS 62.581
    62.581C P5 15536
    CBS / Sony 56AP 674-6
 
  [ CD ] ASV AJA 5144
    BD Jazz JZBD022
    Best of Jazz 4032
    CBS 465679 2
    Classics 1098
    Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 1, track 12)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 1, track 12)
    Columbia CK 45144
    Definitive DRCD11176
    Giants of Jazz 53050
    History 20.1960-HI
    History 20.1979-HI
    Jazz Archives / EPM 15908 2
    Jazz Roots 56058
    Jazzterdays JTD 102410
    Le Chant du Monde 274 1459.60
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 40 (track 11)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 9004 (disc 3, track 11)
    Proper PROPERBOX 98
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 1, track 12)
    Topaz Jazz / Pavilion TPZ 1017
    Universe UV 129/2
 
 

 
  * Matrix assigned on  APRIL 10, 1940
  Recorded by the World Broadcasting System, Inc. (Hollywood)
  for the Columbia Recording Corp. (NYC)
 

Composed by: Ted Snyder - Harry B. Smith - Francis Wheeler
 
© VALDÉS   9/14/06

 


 

The Sheik of Araby  —  3 April 1940  (master take A)

        First Page:              Intro

        Second Page:      Solo

        Third Page:            Fours

 



C&A:

Charlie Christian takes a very good, albeit fairly standard, solo on this master take of The Sheik of Araby – except for the extraordinary measures 9 through13.  On the two-bar Bb harmony (mm 9-10) CC follows a Bb line with a Bbdim7 leading to the F7;  in the following three measures (mm 11-13), over the F7 chord, he plays two descending and four ascending augmented figures moving at whole-tone intervals.

The quarter-note triplets on bar 16 are also used on bar 4 of the alternate take – it may be those triplets in the intro are still floating around in his head.  There’s a blues Bb line, b7th (Ab) & 6th (G), at mm 19-20 over the F7.  Measures 21 & 22 contain a tricky sequence where Charles first accents the down-beat and then the up-beat over the F7 and anticipates the D7 on the last two beats.  And note the #5 in bar 30.  Very good work – forget the highly unusual flub in bar 24 where he fingers the note C but misses it with the pick.

On the out chorus, Charles plays Bbs on alternating strings on his first “fours” line;  descending then ascending figures on his second.

 



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