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SONG OF THE ISLANDS
 
Aircheck
 
APRIL  28,  1941     Monday “WHAT’S NEW? – THE OLD GOLD SHOW”
NBC Radio Network / WJZ
Manhattan Center,  NYC
 

 
  16  BARS    (ABCD) Key of   F Quarter Note =   110 Time:   3:05
 
 
  4-Bar Intro  +  5  CHORUSES:
 
    4  bars  –  CC (Intro) (unaccomp)
 
  16  bars  –  CC   (over clt obbl)
 
    16  bars  –  trumpet  
 
    16  bars  –  piano  
 
    16  bars  –  tenor sax  
 
    16  bars  –  clarinet   (over ts & tpt riffs)
 
 

 
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: Charles E. King
 
©   VALDÉS   9/9/18


 

Transcription Page:     Song of the Islands

 



C&A:

Charlie Christian was allotted the intro and first chorus of Song of the Islands which were then followed by a solo chorus each by trumpet, piano (very nice Guarnieri), tenor sax, and clarinet.

First off, the guitar introduction is a beautiful piece of work.  The rhythmic subtleties are ingenious – notes are delayed for a fleeting fraction of a beat or held just an instant longer to give it an easy, ambient motion.

Naturally, the laid-back tropic-isle feeling is serenely carried forward for the 16-bar jewel of a solo.  It’s a delight to listen to Charles in this sort of aura.  He never fails to surprise no matter the situation or setting;  and he never ever distances himself far from the blues.  Just as with Ida a couple of weeks earlier, this tune was recorded only once.  How fortunate that this rare item was captured off the broadcast.

  LISTEN



 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ LP ] Från Staterna Från Staterna (side A, track 2)
 
  [ CD ] Definitive DRCD11177 (disc 4, track 4)
    Definitive DRCD11386 (track 16)
    JSP Records JSP909 (disc 4, track 4)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 75 (track 8)
    Norma NOCD5657 (track 20)
    Primo / Proper PRMCD 6092 (disc 2, track 14)
    Proper P1492 (track 11)
    Proper PROPERBOX 98 (disc 4, track 11)
    Suisa JZCD 379 (track 15)
 
  Incorrect date of February 10, 1941 appears on some releases.
 

 



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