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WHOLLY CATS
 
Aircheck
 
NOVEMBER  19,  1940     Tuesday “THE MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM”
Martin Block Show,  WNEW Radio,  NYC
 

 
  12-BAR  BLUES Key of   G Quarter Note =   172 Time:   3:40
 
 
  2-Bar  Intro  +  13  CHORUSES  (Incomplete):
 
    2 bars  –  piano (Intro)
 
    2 chor  –  muted trumpet (over CC & ens theme riffs)
 
    2 chor  –  tenor sax
 
    2 chor  –  piano
 
    2 chor  –  CC (over ens riffs)
 
    2 chor  –  clarinet
 
    2 chor  –  muted trumpet (over CC & ens riffs)
 
    1 chor  –  CC & ensemble (theme riffs) [ last two bars are missing ]
 
 

 
Personnel:
 
  Benny Goodman and his Sextet
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  GEORGIE AULD tenor sax
  BENNY GOODMAN clarinet
  COOTIE WILLIAMS trumpet
  COUNT BASIE piano
  ARTIE BERNSTEIN bass
  HARRY JAEGER drums
 
 

Composed by: Benny Goodman
 
©   VALDÉS   11/7/18


 

Wholly Cats:     Guitar Solo    “The Make Believe Ballroom”

 



C&A:

A couple of weeks after their long recording session at Columbia that included several takes of this tune, Count Basie is still/once again with the sextet on this radio studio broadcast on Martin Block’s “Make Believe Ballroom.”  Earlier that same day of the 19th of November, Basie had recorded with his own band (including Lester Young on his last date with the Count for a few years) for Columbia.

This is a particularly swinging session for the sextet.  Wholly Cats is taken at a slower tempo than at the recording studio and it certainly suits everyone.  Charlie Christian clearly takes advantage of the driving rhythm that has been laid down.

Before the climactic last four bars of his solo, Charles plays a beautiful sequence at mm 7-8 that is both bluesy and melodic.  If compelled to choose, this would be the choice as the best of the Wholly Cats solos with the sextet.



 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ LP ] Festival ALB 377 (side D, track 1)
    Jazz Anthology JA 5181 (side B, track 1)
    Jazz Archives JA-23 (side B, track 1)
 
  [ CD ] Archives of Jazz 380123 2 (track 9)
    Archives of Jazz 389123 2 (track 9)
    Definitive DRCD11177 (disc 3, track 9)
    Definitive DRCD11386 (track 10)
  Frémeaux FA 218 (disc 2, track 2)
    Galaxy 3899442 (track 9)
    Jazz Classics JZCL-5005 (disc 1, track 18)
    JSP JSP909 (disc 3, track 9)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 67 (track 10)
    Music Memoria 87998 2 (disc 2, track 7)
    Stardust CLP 1150-2 (track 9)
    Vintage Jazz Classics VJC-1021-2 (track 18)
 

 



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