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SOLO  FLIGHT

THE  CHARLIE  CHRISTIAN  LEGACY

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THESE FOOLISH THINGS
 
mx  WCO 26941 B
 
JUNE  11,  1940   *     Tuesday HOLLYWOOD
World Broadcasting System
[ for COLUMBIA Records ]   *
 

 
  32-BARS   (AABA) Key of   Eb Quarter Note =   80 Time:   3:04
 
 
  4-Bar Intro  +  1 ¾  CHORUSES:
 
    4 bars  –  CC & clarinet (Chord Intro behind clt)
 
    16 bars  –  clarinet (over vib & pno obbl)
    8 bars  –  CC (over vib obbl)
      8 bars  –  clarinet (over vib & pno obbl)
 
      8 bars  –  vibes (over clt & pno obbl)
      8 bars  –  clarinet (over pno obbl) [bridge]
      8 bars  –  clarinet (over pno & vib obbl) [ritard last 2 bars]
 
 

 
Personnel:
 
  Benny Goodman Sextet
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  BENNY GOODMAN clarinet
  LIONEL HAMPTON vibes
  DUDLEY BROOKS piano
  ARTIE BERNSTEIN bass
  NICK FATOOL drums
 
 

 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ CD ] Columbia/Legacy AC4K 65564 (disc 1, track 26)
    Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 (disc 1, track 26)
    Sony/Legacy 93035 (disc 1, track 26)
 
 

 
  * Matrix assigned on   JUNE 20, 1940.
  Recorded by the World Broadcasting System, Inc. (Hollywood)
  for the Columbia Recording Corp. (NYC)
 

Composed by: Jack Strachey - Harry Link - Holt Marvell
 
© VALDÉS   3/21/05

 


 

Transcription Page:     These Foolish Things   (alternate take)

 



C&A:

The three takes of These Foolish Things comparatively demonstrate how Charlie Christian developed his four-bar chord introduction.

The second take breaks down before the guitar solo, but juxtaposing the first (alternate) and third (master) takes fairly reveals the evolution of CC’s eight-bar solo.  The first six measures are Charles’ extreme reworking of the melody.  The uncommon phrasing at bar 21 (fifth measure of the solo) is singularly unique and virtually identical in both.  The last two bars (different on both takes) are typical CC phrases.

 



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