DB Hall of Fame

SOLO  FLIGHT

THE  CHARLIE  CHRISTIAN  LEGACY

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WHEN LIGHTS ARE LOW
 
mx  BS-041406-2
 
SEPTEMBER  11,  1939     Monday VICTOR Records
  RCA Studios,  NYC
 

 
  32  BARS    (AABA) Key of   A Quarter Note =   200 Time:   2:08
 
 
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  3  CHORUSES  +   4-Bar Coda:     (alternate take)
 
    16  bars  –  ensemble (Theme)
      8  bars  –  vibes
      8  bars  –  alto sax
 
    32  bars  –  vibes
 
    16  bars  –  tenor sax
      8  bars  –  piano
      8  bars  –  ensemble
 
      4  bars  –  ensemble (Coda)
 
 

 
Personnel:
 
  Lionel Hampton and Orchestra
  CHARLIE CHRISTIAN Guitar
  BENNY CARTER alto sax
  CHU BERRY tenor sax
  COLEMAN HAWKINS tenor sax (ts solo)
  BEN WEBSTER tenor sax
  DIZZY GILLESPIE trumpet
  LIONEL HAMPTON vibes
  CLYDE HART piano
  MILT HINTON bass
  COZY COLE drums
 
  Arranged by  BENNY CARTER
 
 

Composed by: Benny Carter - Spencer Williams
 
©   VALDÉS   6/3/19


 

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C&A:

This is a beautiful tune – beautiful melody, beautiful arrangement.  Lamentably Charles wasn’t allotted a solo here.  He is, however, clearly heard on rhythm guitar along with the superb rhythm section.  Still, it would have been much preferable to have had a guitar solo rather than the 16-bar Bean grind.

(An eight-measure vibes/sax break would be added between the second and third choruses on the following take).

 



 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ LP ] Bluebird AXM6-5536 (side G, track 3)
  RCA Black & White PM 42417 (side A, track 3)
  RCA Jazz Tribune Nº 4 NL 89761 (side B, track 9)
  RCA Jazz Tribune Nº 4 PM 42406 (side B, track 9)
 
  [ CD ] Avid AMSC 612 (disc 2, track 23)
  Bluebird 66617-2 (disc 1, track 9)
  Le Chant du Monde 274 1359.60 (disc 1, track 19)
    Membran 232094 [see Album Index]
    Membran 232568 [see Album Index]
  Mosaic MD5-238 (disc 3, track 23)
  Music Memoria 30417 (track 9)
  Music Memoria 88081 2 (track 9)
  Neatwork RP 2036 (track 17)
  RCA Jazz Tribune Nº 74 22614 2 (disc 2, track 2)
  RCA Jazz Tribune Nº 4 66539-2 (disc 1, track 9)
  RCA Jazz Tribune Nº 4 ND 89761 (disc 1, track 9)
 



 

 


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