Charlie Christians solo on this Stompin
is a notch or two
below the much longer 12 May 1941 version. The rhythm section from the Mintons
version is sorely missed here. This one starts out with a two-chorus solo by
Williams on alto (no theme is stated) and three choruses by Lips Page before Charles takes
his 2˝ choruses.
Not much on which to comment on his first chorus. CC takes four bars before he gets
his solo going, then seems to use this first chorus to build up to the second where he
really lets go.
First four bars consist of 6ths on alternating strings. Measures 9-11 contain some
half-stepping/skipping down the fretboardCC seems to miss a note by a fret (A instead Bb) when he switches strings on the
third beat of mm 10. On the first two bars of the bridge (mm17-18), Charles plays a
sequence that I dont believe Ive heard him play anywhere else. Another
unique sequence is the flat-3rd / 6th double-stops on the last bar of the chorussort
of the reverse of the last bar on his first solo chorus on the 12 May
CC may have actually intended to end his solo after two choruses. These last 16 bars
of guitar settle back down below the level of the first chorusmostly just a riffing
kinda thing (possibly no one was ready to take a solo) until Byas comes in at the
bridge. The final eight-bar section is an ensemble ride-out.