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STAR DUST
 
mx  CO 28795-1
 
OCTOBER  4,  1940     Friday Columbia Studios,  NYC
 

 
  32  BARS    (ABAC) Key of   C Quarter Note =   76 Time:   2:52
 
 
  4-Bar Intro  +  1 ½  CHORUSES:
 
      4  bars  –  muted trumpet (Intro) (w/ piano)
 
    32  bars  –  vocal (over tpt & pno obbl)
 
    8  bars  –  CC [ A ]
      8  bars  –  vocal [ C ] (over tpt & pno obbl)
 
 

 
Personnel:
 
  “Orchestra under direction of Teddy Wilson”
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  BILL COLEMAN trumpet
  TEDDY WILSON piano
  BILLY TAYLOR bass
  YANK PORTER drums
  EDDY HOWARD vocal
 
 
 

Composed by: Hoagy Carmichael  (lyrics by Mitchell Parish)
 
©   VALDÉS   10/6/18


 

Transcription Page:        Guitar Solo

 



C&A:

Charlie Christian’s previous recordings of Star Dust were all in the key of D, with the sextet as well as the jam session in September of 1939.  This one (the final version recorded), in the key of C, was recorded with a quintet under the direction of pianist Teddy Wilson at vocalist Eddy Howard’s session for Columbia Records and it’s the only song, of four, that accorded Charles a solo.

The rest of the session is expanded to include an top-notch octet backing the rather ordinary singer – Charles played a beautiful four-bar intro on the last song.

Charles’ solos on Star Dust with the regular sextet were all the same chord “composition” that he dedicated to his mother.  Here he gets an eight-bar “A” section on which he plays a single-string selection that can be compared to some of his single-string work at the afore-mentioned jam session.

You don’t want to miss this one.  After a muted-trumpet intro by Bill Coleman and one vocal chorus, Charles takes his eight bars at a leisurely pace but with a very rhythmic and creative approach.  It’s a gem of a solo.  Absolutely precious.

Shoulda been included in Columbia’s “complete” CC 4-CD box set released in 2002.



 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ 78 ] Columbia 35771 (b/w Old Fashioned Love)
    Columbia 37992 (b/w Exactly Like You)
    Columbia C-158 (side 1)
 
  [ 10 ] Columbia CL 6067 (side A, track 1)
 
  [ CD ] Collectables COL-7591 (track 10)
    Acrobat ACRCD 160 (track 13)
    Columbia/Legacy C2K 52942 (disc 2, track 19)
    Definitive DRCD11122 (track 9)
    Definitive DRCD11176 (disc 2, track 18)
    Disconforme GV1359 (track 9)
    Fuel 2000 302 061 167 2 (track 14)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 44 (track 7)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 9004 (disc 4, track 7)
    Neatwork RP 2043 (track 2)
 

 



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