DB Hall of Fame

SOLO  FLIGHT

THE  CHARLIE  CHRISTIAN  LEGACY

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SHIVERS
 
mx  WCO 26354 x
 
DECEMBER  20,  1939     Wednesday Columbia Studios,  NYC
 

 
  32  BARS    (AABA) Key of   A Quarter Note =   190 Time:   2:28
 
 
  4-Bar Intro  +  3½  CHORUSES  (breakdown):
 
    4  bars  –  CC (Intro)
 
  16  bars  –  CC & ens (Theme Riffs)
      8  bars  –  clarinet
    8  bars  –  CC & ens (Theme Riffs)
 
  16  bars  –  vibes (over CC & clt riffs)
      8  bars  –  vibes
    8  bars  –  vibes (over CC & clt riffs)
 
  16  bars  –  CC  
      8  bars  –  clarinet
    8  bars  –  CC  
 
  16  bars  –  CC chord riffs (over ens Theme Riffs)
       
      [ breakdown ]  
 
 

 
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 - Lionel Hampton
 
©   VALDÉS   2/25/18


 

Transcription Page:        Guitar Intro / Solo

 



C&A:

Fletcher Henderson had been on the earlier version of Shivers which had been broadcast on the Camel Caravan show.  He was now solely the arranger for the band and had been replaced by pianist Johnny Guarnieri who had joined ten days prior to this, his first studio recording with the sextet.

Fortunately, Charlie Christian completes his solo on this take of Shivers before the breakdown that brings it to an abrupt halt after just 16 more measures.  Charles begins the solo with one of his most basic tonic phrases on the first four bars;  gets bluesy in the next four starting with quarter-note triplets;  adds a pinch of Seven Come Eleven on mm 9-10, another CC composition that had first been recorded just one month earlier;  and brings in a unique sequence at mm 12-14 before the bridge.

The minor-mode bridge is consigned to the clarinetist before Charles regains center stage almost a whole measure early with a grand one-of-a-kind entry.  Could be this intrusion on the leader’s spot is why this take was aborted – or was it the dearth of enthusiasm within the ensemble, even after the relatively inspired last eight bars in the guitarist’s solo.  Actually, it may have started coming undone during the vibes solo.

Don’t count this guitar solo out as run-of-the-mill – it’s not.  Take a good look at this transcription (at this time, the only one of this take) and you’ll find some more of the CC genius unveiled.




 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ LP ] Blu-Disc T-1012 (side A, track 1)
 
  [ CD ] Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 1, track 21)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 1, track 21)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 29 (track 11)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 9004 (disc 2, track 1)
    Neatwork RP 2067 (track 12)
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 1, track 21)
 

 



 

 


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