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( “Waitin’ for Benny” )
Pre-Rehearsal Jam
MARCH  13,  1941     Thursday Columbia Recording Studios,  NYC

  32  BARS    (AABA) Key of   F Quarter Note =   202 Time:   3:38
[ Preceded by   “RIFFIN’ AROUND” ]
  ~  5¾  CHORUSES:


bars  –  CC (Theme)
    8    bars  –  CC chord accents (bridge)
    8   bars  –  CC (Theme)
    6   bars  –  CC riffs  
      2   bars  –  trumpet & tenor sax  
      24   bars  –  trumpet & tenor sax  
      32   bars  –  trumpet (over tenor sax “obbl”)
      32   bars  –  trumpet (over tenor sax “obbl”)
      16   bars  –  trumpet  
      4   bars  –  trumpet  
    ~ 12   bars  –  CC riffs  
      8   bars  –  piano  
      10   bars  –  piano (over tenor sax “obbl”)
    4   bars  –  CC  

  GEORGIE AULD tenor sax
  DAVE TOUGH drums

Composed by: Charles Christian
© VALDÉS   3/13/18



First Page: First Chorus
Second Page: Riffs on subsequent choruses



With an unexpected shift from the key of A to the key of F by Charles, A Smo-o-o-oth One follows immediately after the amazing Riffin’ Around in this studio jam session.  It really doesn’t provide much guitar to listen to but Charlie Christian swings the first chorus hard with the theme riffs and some perfectly placed chords in the bridge (all sharply stroked on the up beat).  He continues on the next chorus with fresh swingin’ riffs giving the rest of the crew the gusto to continue swinging on a few more choruses without him.

Charles appears a couple of times later on with additional riffs to refuel the proceedings.  The drive with which he executes his statements is what fascinates and draws much attention to this part of the session.  After a bit less than six choruses, the pianist calls out the next tune to follow, I Can’t Believe You’re In Love with Me, which switches key again, to C.

Issued Recordings:
  [ LP ] BLU-DISC T-1006 (side A, track 1b)
  [ CD ] Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 4, track 23b)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 4, track 23b)
    Definitive DRCD11176 (disc 4, track 10)
    Frémeaux FA 218   * (disc 2, track 10b)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 74   * (track 10b)
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 4, track 23b)
    Universe UV 129/2 (disc 2, track 17b)
  *     [CD]  FA 218 & MJCD 74 begin with the complete Riffin’ Around which segues into A Smo-o-o-oth One after 3½ minutes.
Both tunes are listed as “A Smo-o-o-oth One (Waitin’ for Benny)”

(complete)     **
  [ EP ] Columbia B-2011 (side A, track 1b)
    Philips BBE 12272 (side A, track 1b)
  [ LP ] Avan-Guard VSLP 213 (side A, track 8b)
    CBS 159.028/29 (side D, track 6b)
    CBS 177.057 (side B, track 7b)
    CBS 2BP 220094 (side D, track 6b)
    CBS 460612 1 (side B, track 7b)
    CBS 52538 (side A, track 8b)
    CBS 62.387 (side B, track 1b)
    CBS 67233 (side D, track 6b)
    CBS LSP 980 721-1 (side B, track 7b)
    CBS / Sony 20AP 1456 (side B, track 1b)
    CBS / Sony 56AP 674~6 (side F, track 4b)
    CBS / Sony SOPM 155 (side B, track 1b)
    CBS / Sony SOPZ4~6 (side F, track 4b)
    Columbia CG 30779 (side D, track 6b)
    Columbia CJ 40846 (side B, track 7b)
    Columbia CL 652 (side B, track 1b)
    Columbia G 30779 (side D, track 6b)
    Coronet / CBS KLP 510 (side B, track 1b)
    I Grandi del Jazz GdJ-48 (side B, track 5b)
    Philips BBL 7172 (side B, track 1b)
    Time-Life STL-J12 (side C, track 5b)
  [ CD ] Armando Curcio Editore DEJ-54 (track 15b)
    Avid AVC 941 (disc 2, track 6b)
    BD Jazz JZBD022 (disc 2, track 9b)
    Beechwood ESTCD 1 (disc 2, track 10b)
    Catfish KATCD196 (track 20b)
    CBS 460612 2 (track 15b)
    CBS / Sony 25DP 5301 (track 7b)
    Chestnut CN1003 (track 16b)
    Classics 1236 (track 2b)
    Columbia 501646 2 (track 15b)
    Columbia 504295 9 (disc 1, track 3b)
    Columbia CK 40846 (track 15b)
    Columbia CK 91494 (track 15b)
    DeAgostini MJ 1032-1 (track 17b)
    Definitive DRCD11122 (track 15b)
    Definitive DRCD11288 (track 15b)
    Disconforme GV1359 (track 15b)
    Fabulous / Acrobat FABCD352 (track 19b)
    Fine Tune 2245-2 (track 6b)
    Jazz Greats MC 027 (track 17b)
    Le Jazz / Charly CD 11 (track 18b)
    Masters of Jazz R2CD 8004 (disc 2, track 10b)
    Membran 232094 [see Album Index]
    Membran 232568 [see Album Index]
    Not Now Music NOT2CD380 (disc 1, track 10b)
    Primo / Proper PRMCD 6020 (disc 1, track 19b)
    Proper P1134 (track 19b)
    Proper PROPERBOX 9 (disc 2, track 19b)
    Proper / musisoft EMCD 21 (track 9b)
    Proper / Retro R2CD 40-80 (disc 1, track 14b)
    SME / Sony SRCS 9612 (track 15b)
  **     “Waitin’ for Benny” consists of the last 73 bars of Riffin’ Around  +  all of A Smo-o-o-oth One.
Listed only as “A Smo-o-o-oth One” on  [CD]  2245-2,  AVC 941,  R2CD 40-80.


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