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A SMO-O-O-OTH ONE
 
mx  CO 29942-X
 
MARCH  13,  1941     Thursday Columbia Studios,  NYC
 

 
  32-BARS   (AABA) Key of   F Quarter Note =   124 Time:   3:18
 
 
  4-Bar Intro  +  3  CHORUSES  +  2-Bar Tag:
 
   4 bars  –  CC   (over drums) (Intro)  
 
  16 bars  –  CC & ensemble (Theme)
     8 bars  –  trumpet
   8 bars  –  CC & ensemble (Theme)
 
  16 bars  –  tenor sax (over CC & ens riffs)
     8 bars  –  clarinet
   8 bars  –  tenor sax (over CC & ens riffs)
 
  16 bars  –  CC & ensemble (Theme Riffs)
   8 bars  –  CC
   8 bars  –  CC & ensemble (Theme Riffs)
 
   2 bars  –  CC & ensemble (Coda)
 
 

 
Personnel:
 
  Benny Goodman and his Sextet
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  GEORGIE AULD tenor sax
  BENNY GOODMAN clarinet
  COOTIE WILLIAMS trumpet
  JOHNNY GUARNIERI piano
  ARTIE BERNSTEIN bass
  DAVE TOUGH drums
 
 

Composed by: Charlie Christian
 
© VALDÉS   3/13/19


 

A Smo-o-o-oth One  —  13 March 1941  —  CO 29942-X   first take

        Intro, Solo, Riffs

 



C&A:

A Smo-o-o-oth One had made its first appearance on a portion of Charlie Christian’s repertory during the early hours of the session that took place while waitin’ for Benny and Artie to arrive prior to this scheduled 13 March 1941 Columbia recording date.  It was now decided to tone up the soupçon and record it as the first tune of the session along with a previously-composed, temporarily-named piece – another CC composition.  Seems that Goodman was not only late but also unprepared this one time.

Charles selected an unusual dyad for his introduction for A Smo-o-o-oth One – a very dissonant minor-2nd – perfectly suited for the ensemble’s theme.  The trumpet took the bridge on that first chorus.  The clarinet takes the next bridge which is set within a tenor sax solo chorus backed by CC riffs (also heard at the start of the second chorus of Charles’ jam solo).

The third and final chorus goes back to the theme, inappreciably altered.  This bridge is where Charles undertakes his only solo on the arrangement – eight ‘written’ bars.  The solo was improvised but then it was essentially repeated on all three takes.  A masterpiece actually;  it couldn’t have been more suitable.

A two-bar coda is added:  on the first take it’s guitar with ensemble, then the other two takes with Charles pretty much by himself.

CO 29942-X   initial take   LISTEN   first take
     
CO 29942-1   alternate take   LISTEN   second take
     
CO 29942-2   master take   LISTEN   master take


Charles uses lots of ghost or almost-ghost notes on these short solos.  This is also the perfect tempo for shifting the location of the notes on or off the beat.
A Smo-o-o-oth One was Charlie Christian's adaptation of Leo Robin - Lewis E. Gensler’s 1934 song Love Is Just Around the Corner, with a slightly modified bridge
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Issued Recordings:
 
  [EP] Columbia B-2011 (side B, track 1)
 
  [10] Philips P 07.931 R (side B, track 2)
 
  [ LP ] Avan-Guard VSLP 213   * (side B, track 3)
    CBS 52538   * (side B, track 3)
    CBS 62.387 (side B, track 2)
    CBS 67268 (side C, track 3)
    CBS / Sony 20AP 1456 (side B, track 2)
    CBS / Sony 56AP 674-6   * (side F, track 5)
    CBS / Sony SOPM 155 (side B, track 2)
    CBS / Sony SOPZ4-6   * (side F, track 5)
    Columbia CL 652 (side B, track 2)
    Columbia KG 31547 (side C, track 3)
    Coronet / CBS KLP 510 (side B, track 2)
    Giants of Jazz LPJT 13 (side A, track 2)
    Philips BBL 7172 (side B, track 2)
 
  [ CD ] ASV / Living Era AJA 5144   * (track 21)
    ASV / Living Era AJS 271 (disc 1, track 1)
    Fabulous / Acrobat FABCD352   * (track 20)
    Giants of Jazz 53049 (track 5)
    Jazz Greats MC 027 (track 18)
    Jazzterdays JTD 102410 (track 19)
    JSP Records JSP911 (disc 3, track 11)
    Truetrax / Kaz TRT CD 193 (track 16)
   
 
  Incomplete CC Intro:
    These issues omit the first chord of the guitar intro:
 
  [ CD ] ABM ABMMCD 1209   * (track 21)
    Acrobat ACRCD 160   * (track 21)
    Avid AVC 530 (track 11)
    CBS / Sony 25DP 5301 (track 8)
    Collectors Edition CECD 003 (track 1)
    Collectors' Choice CCM 3592 2 (disc 3, track 16)
    Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 3, track 21)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 3, track 21)
    Going for a Song GFS561 (track 21)
    Hallmark 39032 2 (disc 3, track 12)
    History 20.1960-HI [see Album Index]
    History 20.1969-HI [see Album Index]
    Jazz Forever 67041 (track 8)
    Jazz Portraits 14545 (track 8)
    Jazz Roots 56059 (track 8)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 74 (track 13)
    Past Perfect 205798-203 (track 21)
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 3, track 21)
    Sony Music Media SMM 517115 2 (track 1)
 
  *   [LP]   52538,  56AP 674-6,  SOPZ4-6,  VSLP 213
     [CD]  ABMMCD 1209,  ACRCD 160,  AJA 5144,  FABCD352
     list the incorrect take.
 
 

 



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