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SOFT WINDS
 
Aircheck
 
OCTOBER  21,  1939   *     Saturday “CAMEL CARAVAN”
NBC Radio Network / WEAF
Radio City Studios,  NYC
 

 
  16-BAR THEME   ** Key of   A Quarter Note =   172 Time:   2:26
  12-BAR BLUES SOLOS  
 
 
      3  bars  –  piano (Intro)
 
  16  bars  –  CC & ensemble (Theme)
  16  bars  –  CC & ensemble (Theme)
 
    12  bars  –  clarinet  
    12  bars  –  clarinet  
 
  12  bars  –  vibes (over CC & ens boogie riffs)
  12  bars  –  vibes (over CC & ens boogie riffs)
 
  16  bars  –  CC & ensemble (Theme)
 
    6  bars  –  CC (Coda)   (over ens riffs)
 
 

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

Composed by: Charlie Christian - Fletcher Henderson
 
**   The 16-bar Theme is a modified 12-bar Blues sequence with the middle four bars doubled to eight bars.
 
©   VALDÉS   5/12/19


 

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Soft Winds   –   21 October 1939   –   “Camel Caravan”

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C
&A:

This Christian - Henderson composition should probably be documented as:  composed by Charlie Christian / arranged by Fletcher Henderson.  Although Charles gets no solo space on this tune he still makes (to borrow quelques mots from Claude Carrière) an indispensable impact with verve and presence.

Soft Winds was later recorded by guitarists Bill Jennings (1955), Herb Ellis (1957), Wes Montgomery (1958), Kenny Burrell (1959), Kenny Burrell/Jimmy Smith (1963), Ed Bickert (1976), Charlie Byrd/Herb Ellis/Mundell Lowe (1996).

Recordings by non-guitarists included Lionel Hampton/Oscar Peterson (1953), Art Tatum (1954), Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (1955), trumpeter Chet Baker (1958), harpist Dorothy Ashby (1961), flautist Herbie Mann (1963), Oscar Peterson/Ray Brown/Milt Jackson (1998).

Lyrics were added by Fred Royal, the song was recorded by Dinah Washington, and it became an R&B hit in 1956.  By the late 1940s, Ellis had formed a trio named the “Soft Winds.”  Barney Kessel cited that it was Charlie Christian’s playing on Soft Winds that “completely turned me around.”

There are five extant recordings of Charlie Christian on Soft Winds:

Oct 21, 1939 “Camel Caravan” broadcast from Radio City Studios, NYC
   
Nov 22, 1939 WCO 26285 A – alternate take – Columbia Studios, NYC
   
Nov 22, 1939 WCO 26285 B – master take – Columbia Studios, NYC
   
April 5, 1940 “The Cocoanut Grove” at the Ambassador Hotel, L.A.
   
April 13, 1940 “The Cocoanut Grove” at the Ambassador Hotel, L.A.
   

 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ LP ] Kiva / Elec KV-106 (side A, track 6)
    Spook Jazz SPJ 6602 (side A, track 6)
    Windmill WMD 196 (side B, track 5)
 
  [ CD ] Definitive DRCD11177 (disc 1, track 13)
    JSP Records JSP909 (disc 1, track 13)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 24 (track 18)
    Masters of Jazz MJCD 9004 (disc 1, track 18)
    Suisa JZCD 379 (track 5)
 
  *  Incorrect date of  November 2, 1939  appears on some issues.
 

 



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