DB Hall of Fame

SOLO  FLIGHT

THE  CHARLIE  CHRISTIAN  LEGACY

DB Hall of Fame


 

 

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

 
  32  BARS    (AABA) Key of   A Quarter Note =   190 Time:   2:48
 
 
  4-Bar Intro  +  4  CHORUSES:
 
    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)
    8  bars  –  CC chord accents
    8  bars  –  CC chord riffs (over ens Theme Riffs)
 
 

 
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:

The sextet seems to now be settling down to the business of getting a master take recorded of Shivers.  Charlie Christian, himself, is at his most formal, yet still creative, manner.

Charles starts off, completely relaxed, with a phenomenal first measure that starts with the first three notes affirming the first three introductory notes of the theme.  A full rest measure separates the opening phrase from the next statement, unrelated but executed in the same manner.  The second four bars contains an unusual occurrence – three different pairs of repeated notes (on the same fret/string).  The third pair serves to connect the two A-sections the second of which is carried out in one single, marvelous outbreak of quarter notes.

Bar 11 is complementary of the sequence in bar 9 and almost again in bar 12 – specters of his Seven Come Eleven theme.  Bars 14-15 contain slides which can also be found in various guises in a few of Charles’ other solos during his career.

The bridge is then performed by the clarinetist with workmanlike mastery (although not as good as on the first bridge) before Charles comes back in picking up the liveliness to a much higher level with two repeated, two-bar runs.  He maintains that elation for the remainder of the solo and on to the following chorus with his jubilant riffs while the ensemble repeats the Shivers theme.

Although this performance lacks some of the energy displayed on the earlier Camel Caravan broadcast, Charles’ solo here is an excellent one – perfect for the “official” Columbia release.

As with Seven Come Eleven, another CC composition (and flip-side mate to Shivers), we have added bonus transcriptions (less tablature) of the entire guitar score.  click here




 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ 78 ] Columbia 35349 (b/w Seven Come Eleven)
 
  [ EP ] Columbia B-350 (side C, track 1)
 
  [ LP ] CBS 62.581 (side A, track 5)
    CBS P5 15536 (side B, track 4)
    CBS / Sony 56AP 674-6 (side B, track 1)
    CBS / Sony SOPM 162 (side A, track 5)
    CBS / Sony SOPZ4-6 (side B, track 1)
    Columbia 33SX 1035 (side A, track 5)
    Columbia CL 500 (side A, track 5)
    Columbia GL 500 (side A, track 5)
    Musica Jazz 2MJP 1058 (side A, track 6)
    Philips BBL 7178 (side B, track 5)
 
  [ CD ] ABM ABMMCD 1209 (track 14)
    Acrobat ACRCD 160 (track 14)
    BD Jazz JZBD022 (disc 1, track 6)
    Best of Jazz 4032 (track 6)
    Black Bird Black Bird (track 6)
    CBS 465679 2 (track 5)
    Chestnut CN1003 (track 11)
    Classics 1064 (track 23)
    Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 1, track 7)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 1, track 7)
    Columbia CK 45144 (track 5)
    Definitive DRCD11176 (disc 2, track 2)
    Edel 0193692ERE (track 7)
    Fabulous / Acrobat FABCD352 (track 6)
    Giants of Jazz 53039 (track 20)
    History 20.1960-HI (vol. 15, disc 1, track 20)
    History 20.1975-HI (disc 1, track 20)
    Japan Jazz Club EGR 2001 (track 6)
    Jazz Archives / EPM 15908 2 (track 4)
    Jazzterdays JTD 102410 (track 4)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 29 (track 12)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 9004 (disc 2, track 12)
    Membran 232094 [see Album Index]
    Membran 232568 [see Album Index]
    Proper P1106 (track 8)
    Proper P1489 (track 9)
    Proper PROPERBOX 2 (disc 2, track 8)
    Proper PROPERBOX 98 (disc 1, track 9)
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 1, track 7)
    Topaz Jazz / Pavilion TPZ 1017 (track 8)
    Universe / Comet UV 129/2 (disc 1, track 7)
 

 



 

 


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