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THE  CHARLIE  CHRISTIAN  LEGACY

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STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY
(LIPS FLIPS)
(ON WITH CHARLIE CHRISTIAN)
 
Jam Session
 
MAY  1941 Clark Monroe’s  “THE UPTOWN HOUSE”
198 West 134th Street,  HARLEM,  NYC
 

 
  32  BARS   (AABA) Key of   Db Quarter Note =   196 Time:   5:04
 
 
  8  CHORUSES:
 
      2 chor  –  alto sax
 
      3 chor  –  trumpet
 
    2 chor  –  CC
 
  16 bars  –  CC
      8 bars  –  tenor sax
      8 bars  –  ensemble (ride-out)
 
 

 
Personnel:
 
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  RUDY WILLIAMS alto sax
  DON BYAS tenor sax
  HOT LIPS PAGE trumpet
  JOE GUY trumpet  *
  ALLEN TINNEY piano
  EBENEZER PAUL bass
  TAPS MILLER drums
 
    *  on ride-out only
 

 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [10] Esoteric ESJ-4
    Vogue LD 158
 
  [LP] Bellaphon BJS 4042
    Columbia / Everest SL-5001-EV
    Counterpoint CPT-548
    Counterpoint CPTS-5548
    Esoteric ES-548
    Everest 1233
    Everest 5233
    Everest FS-219
    Everest FS-259
    Festival ALB 377
    Jazz Anthology JA 5122
    Murray Hill S-53976
    Nippon Columbia YS-7071-EV
    Presto PRE 640
    Saga 6919
    Saga SOC 1036
    Society SOC 996
    Vedette VRM 36025
    Vedette VRMS 325
    Vogue VG 405 / 500114
 
  [CD] Blue Moon Discs 008
    CMA Jazz CM 15001
    Definitive DRCD11177
    Dreyfus Jazz FDM 36715-2
    Fantasy / Esoteric OJCCD-1932-2
    Fuel 2000 302 061 167 2
    Grammercy 0156 2
    Jazz Anthology 55001 2
    Jazz Classics JZCL-5005
    JSP JSP909
    Laserlight 17 032
    Legacy International 373
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 75
    MasterSong 50354 2
    Music Memoria 87998 2
    Musidisc MUS-55001 2
    Natasha Imports NI-4020
    Nippon Columbia 30CY-1436
    Proper PROPERBOX 98
    United Audio UAE 3066 2
    Venus TKCZ-36013
    Venus TKCZ-79502
    Vogue VG 651 / 600135
 

 
  Jam Session Recorded by  JERRY NEWMAN
 

Composed by: Edgar Sampson - Chick Webb
 
©   VALDÉS   6/1/02

 


 

Page 1:   CC Solo:  1st Chorus

Page 2:   CC Solo:  2nd Chorus

Page 3:   CC Solo:  3rd Chorus

 



C&A:

Charlie Christian’s solo on this “Stompin’…” is a notch or two below the much longer 12 May 1941 version.  The rhythm section from the Minton’s 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.

1st Chorus
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.

2nd Chorus
First four bars consist of 6ths on alternating strings.  Measures 9-11 contain some half-stepping/skipping down the fretboard—CC 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 don’t believe I’ve heard him play anywhere else.  Another unique sequence is the flat-3rd / 6th double-stops on the last bar of the chorus—sort of the reverse of the last bar on his first solo chorus on the 12 May “Stompin’….”

3rd Chorus
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 chorus—mostly 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.

 



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