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WHEN LIGHTS ARE LOW
 
mx  BS-041406-1
 
SEPTEMBER  11,  1939     Monday VICTOR Records
  RCA Studios,  NYC
 

 
  32  BARS    (AABA) Key of   A Quarter Note =   204 Time:   2:13
 
 
    < no CC solos >  
 
 
  2  CHORUSES,  8-Bar Interlude,  1 CHORUS  +   4-Bar Coda:     (master take)
 
    16  bars  –  ensemble (Theme)
      8  bars  –  vibes
      8  bars  –  alto sax
 
    32  bars  –  vibes
 
      4  bars  –  vibes
      4  bars  –  tenor sax
 
    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


 

< no CC solos >

 



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.  Benny Carter contributes an interesting, ultra-modern 8-bar alto sax solo on this master take.

 



 
Issued Recordings:
 
  [ 78 ] Victor 26371 (b/w Hot Mallets)
 
  [ LP ] Bluebird AXM6-5536 (side G, track 2)
  Jazztone J-1246 (side A, track 3)
  RCA 430.248 (side A, track 3)
  RCA CL89806 (side B, track 3)
  RCA Black & White 731.048 (side A, track 1)
  RCA Black & White PM 42417 (side A, track 2)
  RCA Victor LPM-2318 (side A, track 6)
  Smithsonian / CBS P6 11891 (side E, track 6)
 
  [ CD ] Acrobat ACRCD 189 (track 19)
  Avid AMSC 612 (disc 2, track 2)
  Best of Jazz 4070 (track 11)
  Black & Blue 59.238 2 (track 16)
  Bluebird 2433-2-RB * (track 20)
  Bluebird 6458-2-RB (track 18)
  Bluebird 66617-2 (disc 1, track 8)
  Bluebird ND 82433 * (track 20)
  Chrisly CR 80007 (disc 2, track 15)
  Classics 562 (track 1)
  Definitive DRCD11176 (disc 1, track 1)
  Empress 1003 (disc 2, track 17)
  Empress RAJCD 858 (track 17)
  Encyclopedia EN 516 (track 11)
  Fabulous / Acrobat FABCD351 (track 13)
  Frémeaux FA 211 (disc 1, track 12)
  Hallmark 39032 2 (disc 3, track 7)
  Jazz Archives / EPM 15737 2 (track 20)
  Jazz Archives / EPM 15825 2 (track 17)
  Jazz Archives / EPM 16038 2 (track 7)
  Jazz Legends 1015 (track 11)
  Jazzterdays JTD 102408 (track 15)
  Le Jazz / Charly CD 1 (track 16)
  Masters of Jazz R2CD 8017 (disc 1, track 11)
    Membran 232094 [see Album Index]
    Membran 232568 [see Album Index]
  Mosaic MD5-238 (disc 3, track 12)
  Mosaic MD8-251 (disc 5, track 8)
  Music Memoria 30417 (track 8)
  Music Memoria 88081 2 (track 8)
  Naxos Jazz Legends 8.120621 (track 6)
  Phontastic PHONT 7667 (track 6)
  Proper P1145 (track 17)
  Proper PROPERBOX 12 (disc 1, track 17)
  RCA Jazz Tribune Nº 74 22614 2 (disc 2, track 1)
  RCA Victor 84190-2 (track 18)
  Smithsonian / CBS RD 033 (disc 2, track 18)
  Smithsonian / Folkways SF CD 40820 (disc 2, track 3)
   
    [CD]  2433-2-RB  &  ND 82433  incorrectly list this take as mx  BS-041406-2.
 



 

 


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