DB Hall of Fame

SOLO  FLIGHT

THE  CHARLIE  CHRISTIAN  LEGACY

DB Hall of Fame


 

 

THE SHEIK OF ARABY
 
Aircheck
 
APRIL  26,  1940     Friday “THE COCOANUT GROVE”
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
NBC Radio Network
 

 
  32 BARS    (AAA'B) Key of   Bb Quarter Note =   230 Time:   2:36
 
 
  6-Bar Intro  +   5  CHORUSES     (Incomplete):
 
      6  bars  –  drums (Intro)
 
  16  bars  –  CC  & ensemble (Verse in Bbm)
 
    32  bars  –  clarinet (Melody)
 
    32  bars  –  vibes
 
  32  bars  –  CC
 
    32  bars  –  piano [last 15˝ bars are missing]
 
    32  bars  –  clarinet [last  5˝ bars are missing]
 
[ cut off ]
 

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

 
Issued Recordings:
 
  Incomplete:
    all releases fade out after 14 bars of the piano solo
 
  [ CD ] Definitive DRCD11177 (disc 3, track 1)
    JSP JSP909 (disc 3, track 1)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 40 (track 18)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 9004 (disc 3, track 18)
    Proper PROPERBOX98
 

Composed by: Ted Snyder - Harry B. Smith - Francis Wheeler
 
©   VALDÉS   9/21/06

 


 

Transcription Page:     Guitar Solo

 



C&A:

Charlie Christian takes another really good solo on this aircheck of The Sheik of Araby carried off at a much faster tempo than on all of the other versions – even at this rate he never sounds rushed.  The sextet is very inspired for this live date.  Throughout, one can easily hear CC driving on the rhythm behind the other soloists.

Charles starts his solo with a sweet two-bar entrance, somewhat similar to the one on the Sheik of two weeks ago at the same nightclub in Los Angeles.  A typical CC sequence follows, then a blues line at mm 6-8 trailed by repeated Gs on the same measure where he played the repeated appoggiatura two weeks ago.

Another typical sequence follows – then, at mm 16-18, some attention-getting figures emerge high on the fretboard, repeated three times, each played over three beats producing a three-against-four cross rhythm (not an uncommon CC rhythmic tactic).  At mm 19-20 there’s that staircase sequence that he played on the alternate studio take earlier in the month, after which he slides down to conclude his solo on the lower strings.

An amazingly detailed solo by Charles for such a quick pace.  The guitar solo is followed by a piano chorus which is missing the second half on the original recording, then by a partial clarinet solo which has never been commercially released.

A transcription of the Intro is not provided here.  It is the same as that on the studio master take (qv).

 



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